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Marine Pilot

Marine Pilot

Port of Townsville
Townsville, Australia

Marine Pilot
Port of Townsville Townsville QLD
Full time

Exciting time to join our growing port during a period of expansion
Diverse pilotage role – three ports, a range of vessels
Enjoy a tropical lifestyle with an attractive roster

Port of Townsville Limited (POTL) owns and manages the Ports of Townsville and Lucinda in North Queensland which are vital trade gateways for Northern Australia, handling around $10 billion worth of cargo each year. POTL is the country’s largest sugar, molasses, zinc, lead, copper and fertiliser port, and the largest container, general cargo and automotive port in Northern Australia.

This is a unique time to join POTL with Stage 1 of the Townsville Port expansion now underway. The $193 million Channel Capacity Upgrade project will be the Port’s largest infrastructure investment to date. The project involves widening of the Platypus and Sea channels to allow access for larger commercial, cruise and defence ships by 2023.


Marine pilotage services at our ports are managed in-house and POTL also provides outsourced services to Abbott Point port, a deepwater port located just outside of Bowen, approximately 200km south of Townsville.

Reporting to the Manager Pilots, you will join our dedicated team of Marine Pilots working across all three ports to ensure the safe and efficient pilotage of the vast range of vessels that come to port. All new Pilots undergo extensive training under the guidance of Senior Marine Pilots to develop local port knowledge and as such, the successful candidate will commence at a trainee level and undertake the training and licensing required to attain an unrestricted pilot licence for POTL.

Ideally, you have pilotage experience, however you may also be a master mariner with ship handling experience, looking for a change.

The position is based in Townsville, Tropical North Qld, with travel to the Ports of Lucinda and Abbott Point. As our Pilotage team are critical to continuous port operations, the team works on a rotating roster and it is a requirement to be available for work 24 hours per day whilst on roster. Due to the geographical location of the three ports serviced by Townsville based Pilots, extensive travel within the region can be expected.

Townsville is the 13th largest city in Australia, and by far the largest population base in Northern Australia. The region has one of the most diverse economies in regional Australia, is widely recognised as the commercial hub of Northern Australia and maintains an enviable lifestyle for residents and a stunning natural environment.

A relocation package will be offered to applicants currently residing outside of Townsville.

To be successful in the role, you will require:

a valid Master Class 1 Certificate of Competency (including Manila STCW 2010 Amendments), issued or recognised by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA)
a valid AMSA certificate of medical fitness and you will be required to maintain validity through the entire tenure of employment as a Marine Pilot
an ability to acquire a Queensland pilot licence and area endorsements for the region
a current car (C class) drivers licence
demonstrated experience in the safe and efficient pilotage of ships, or extensive experience as a senior mariner on a seagoing vessel required to carry a Master Class 1
current knowledge of relevant marine acts, regulations, codes, standards and guidelines of shipping industry applicable to pilotage in Australia
current certificate from a recognised simulator endorsing pilotage skills and/or a certificate from a recognised man model centre endorsing pilotage skills is desirable
Further details on the position can be found in the Position Description.


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The following MUST be attached for a successful application:
a document individually addressing the Selection Criteria (found in Position Description);
a photocopy of your valid Master Class 1 Certificate;
your current resume; and
a cover letter.
Applications close COB Monday, 14 October 2019.