Tug Use - General Guidelines

Pilots will confirm the tug requirements with Harbour Control or PDO for arriving vessels immediately after boarding and for departing vessels, one hour before departure.

The master and the pilot will determine the positioning and securing arrangements for the tugs during their information exchange prior to entry or departure.

Where 3 tugs are specified below, if at least one tug is a Z peller then only 2 tugs will be required.

Individual Pilot requirements, weather conditions and vessel abnormalities may necessitate more or less tugs.

Adequate Thrusters will count as one tug unless advised otherwise.

Melbourne

LOA (metres)ArrivalDeparture
Head inHead outHead inHead out
100 to 1251110
125 to 2002222
200 to 2302322
Greater than 2303*3*22
There are several exceptions to these general rules and Masters should check with their agents to obtain further information

Geelong

LOA (metres)ArrivalDeparture
Head inHead outHead inHead out
100 to 1251110
125 to 1652121
165 to 2302222
Greater than 2303*3*22
There are several exceptions to these general rules and Masters should check with their agents to obtain further information

Westernport

Tug numbers are determined by the pilot depending on the berth, weather conditions and the berth.

Further information on the tugs in use can be obtained from http://www.portofmelbourne.com/shipping/services/towage.asp

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