Pilot Information

On this page, find important information for Pilots, Masters and Pilot Exempt Masters relating to:

  • Passage Plans
  • Waypoints and
  • Towage Vessels

If you require any further information or assistance,
please contact Flinders Ports on +61 8 8447 0611.

Passage Planning

The below tables are the waypoints used by Flinders Ports pilots for entry and exit from Port Adelaide. These are the waypoints for an ECDIS system. The pilot will select from one of the three possible routes for arrival and departure.

Masters of ships are encouraged to use these waypoints for passage planning purposes. The waypoints must be entered accurately and in particular the turn radius is important to show the track that the vessel is expected to take.

The pilot will discuss with the master the best route on each occasion, however masters can expect the following:

  • Vessels going to any of the inner harbor berths (18 to 20, 27, 29, H, M, Osborne) should plan to use the Adelaide Entry 10 Meter route.
  • Vessels going to any of the Outer Harbor berths with drafts between 9 and 11 meters should plan to use the Adelaide Entry 12 Meter route to waypoint 6.
  • Vessels going to any of the Outer Harbor berths with a draft over 11 meters should plan to use the Adelaide Entry route to waypoint 6.

Waypoints for Adelaide Entry (10 meter draft)

Use these waypoints for any vessel expecting to enter the channel between beacons 9 and 11. Normally for vessels with drafts less than 9 meters (plus an allowance for tide) and vessels transiting to Port Adelaide (Inner Harbor).

Waypoint numberWaypoint nameLatLongTurn radiusSpeed to next waypoint
0Pilot Boarding Ground 34 48.23240 S138 20.81961 EFull ahead
110 Meter Channel34 47.51554 S138 24.79357 E1800 mFull Ahead
2Number 2 Leads34 47.51619 S138 26.97297 E1800 m12 knots
3Breakwater34 47.38872 S138 27.67996 E1800 m10 knots
4Signal Station34 46.95826 S138 28.59776 E1800 m7 knots
55 Swinging Basin34 46.12427 S138 29.18047 E1800 m7 knots
6Pelican Point34 45.45971 S138 30.17434 E1440 m7 knots
7Snapper Point34 46.02799 S138 31.13881 E1090 m7 knots
8Osborne34 47.85258 S138 30.70688 E1800 m7 knots
9North Arm34 48.87187 S138 30.87989 E2500 m7 knots
1027 Berth34 49.64776 S138 30.48673 E1800 m4 knots
112 Swinging Basin34 50.17011 S138 30.44309 E

Waypoints must be entered into an ECDIS system accurately. Turn Radius must be entered accurately to show the correct turn radii for the passage, and the passage around the bends.


Waypoints for Adelaide Entry (11 meter draft)

Use these waypoints for ships entering the channel at the Entrance Beacon. Normally ships with a draft of over 11 meters (plus allowance for tide).

Waypoint numberWaypoint nameLatLongTurn radiusSpeed to next waypoint
0Pilot Boarding Ground34 48.23240 S138 20.81961 EFull ahead
1Front Lead34 47.05728 S138 21.73939 E1800 mFull Ahead
2Entrance Beacon34 46.85680 S138 22.51610 E1800 mFull Ahead
3Number 2 Leads34 47.55434 S138 26.75227 E3700 m12 knots
4Breakwater34 47.38815 S138 27.67879 E1800 m10 knots
5Signal Station34 46.95381 S138 28.60105 E1800 m7 knots
65 Swinging Basin34 46.12937 S138 29.17458 E1800 m7 knots
7Pelican Point34 45.45566 S138 30.17291 E1440 m7 knots
8Snapper Point34 46.01854 S138 31.13949 E1090 m7 knots
9Osborne34 47.85298 S138 30.70733 E1800 m7 knots
10North Arm34 48.87162 S138 30.88050 E2500 m7 knots
1127 Berth34 49.63969 S138 30.49198 E1800 m4 knots
122 Swinging Basin34 50.12921 S138 30.45262 E

Waypoints must be entered into an ECDIS system accurately. Turn Radius must be entered accurately to show the correct turn radii for the passage, and the passage around the bends.


Waypoints for Adelaide Entry (12 meter draft)

Use these waypoints for vessels expecting to enter the channel at number 5 beacon. Normally for vessels with drafts between 9 and 11 meters (plus an allowance for tide).

Waypoint numberWaypoint nameLatLongTurn radiusSpeed to next waypoint
0Pilot Boarding Ground 34 48.23240 S138 20.81961 EFull ahead
112 Meter Passage34 47.16520 S138 22.74585 E1800 mFull Ahead
2Number 5 Beacon34 47.16520 S138 24.38092 E1800 mFull Ahead
3Number 2 Leads34 47.55434 S138 26.75227 E3700 m12 knots
4Breakwater34 47.38872 S138 27.67996 E1800 m10 knots
5Signal Station34 46.95826 S138 28.59776 E1800 m7 knots
65 Swinging Basin34 46.12427 S138 29.18047 E1800 m7 knots
7Pelican Point34 45.45971 S138 30.17434 E1440 m7 knots
8Snapper Point34 46.02799 S138 31.13881 E1090 m7 knots
9Osborne34 47.85258 S138 30.70688 E1800 m7 knots
10North Arm34 48.87187 S138 30.87989 E2500 m7 knots
1127 Berth34 49.64776 S138 30.48673 E1800 m4 knots
122 Swinging Basin34 50.17011 S138 30.44309 E

Waypoints must be entered into an ECDIS system accurately. Turn Radius must be entered accurately to show the correct turn radii for the passage, and the passage around the bends.

Flinders Ports utilises a fleet of reliable towage vessel from Svitzer Australia and Port Lincoln Tugs at its ports.

Home PortTug NameYear BuiltLOA (metres)M/E PowerBollard PullPropellers / TypeCompanyRemarks
Port AdelaideBurra200031.882X 1800 kW63mt2 / Z-pellerSvitzer
Port AdelaideSvitzer Heron201231.572X 1838 kW65mt2 / Z-pellerSvitzerFire fighting equipped
Port AdelaideTingari200031.882X 1800 kW60mt2 / Z-pellerSvitzer
 ArdrossanTickera197628.982X 1250 bhp42t2 nozzles (steerable)PLTHarbour towage for ARD & PGI (ex Tapir)
WallarooKioloa197528.842X 1220 bhp40t2 / nozzles (fixed) PLT
Port PirieWalan198631.952X 1800 kW49mt2 / Z-pellerSvitzerFire fighting equipped
Port PirieWonga198332.172X 1800 bhp50t2 / Z-pellerSvitzerFire fighting equipped
WhyallaTarpan198432.172X 1342 kW50t2 / Z-pellerSvitzerEmergency towing (salvage) & fire fighting
WhyallaGloucester198334.023854hp2 / Z-pellerSvitzerHarbour towage
WhyallaRiverwijs Grace200027.82X 1176kW43.1tTwin azimuth / tractorSvitzerBarging & harbour towage
WhyallaRiverwijs Isabelle200027.82X 1176kW43.1tTwin azimuth / tractorSvitzerBarging & harbour towage
WhyallaUngarra196820.962X 340 bhp12.5t2 / nozzles (fixed)PLTLines launch / PV & towage
Port LincolnWangary197628.872X 1250 bhp42t2 / nozzles (steerable)PLT1st preference (ex Corsair)
Port LincolnBulimba1979292X 1250 bhp41t2 / nozzles (steerable)PLTSupplementary '2nd' tug / fire fighting equipped
Port LincolnCapel25.962316hpTwin screw (fixed)PLTTemporary1
Port LincolnLucinda197523.772X 800 bhp26.4t2 / NozzlesPLT Temporary1
ThevenardCarawa198723.882382hp2 / nozzlesPLT1st preference
ThevenardPelsaert23.96PLTSupplementary '2nd' tug

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