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Flinders Ports has a skilled and highly experienced local pilotage team available 24 hours each day all year round to help vessels safely navigate to their berth once they enter port waters.

We require all marine pilots to hold a Master Class 1 Certificate of Competency. All pilots receive ongoing training and are subject to strict quality standards and monitoring. In marine pilotage, many safety lessons and protocols have been adopted from the airline sector. Pilots undergo training in Bridge Resource Management and Advanced Bridge Resource Management. Pilots must also complete ‘scaled ship model’ training, where emergency scenarios are practised using a ‘to scale’ vessel on water. Emergency drills and other training exercises are also regularly conducted on maritime simulators.

Adelaide VTS

Flinders Ports – Port Adelaide is authorised as a Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) Authority in accordance with the provisions of Marine Order 64 (Vessel Traffic Services) 2013 (MO64).

Adelaide VTS is located in the Passenger Terminal, Oliver Rogers Road, Outer Harbor. Call sign – “Adelaide VTS’.

Adelaide VTS, is authorised to render the following services as dened in the guidelines for VTS mentioned in IMO resolution A.857 (20):

  • Information Service (INS)
  • Traffic Organisation Service (TOS)
  • Navigational Assistance Service (NAS)

Our Adelaide VTS Objectives:

  • Flinders Ports VTS to maintain a traffic image for the entirety of the defined VTS coverage area.
  • Adelaide VTS communications system to provide the capability to interact with marine traffic throughout the VTS area.
  • Capability to interact with a vessel to influence the decision making process on board the vessel.
  • Ensure both internal and external training requirements are met by the use of the Flinders Ports VTSO training policy.
  • To have zero accidents within the VTS coverage area.
  • Reduce the overall number of incidents within the VTS coverage area.
  • Maintain effective relationships with allied services and stakeholders.
  • Enhance efficiency in order to reduce waiting times for marine traffic.
  • Ensure all vessels that breach either Port Rules or the VTS regulations are notified via a formal process.
  • All staff to have access to the Company’s QMS.

To find out more about Adelaide VTS operating procedures please see document below


Once a vessel arrives alongside the berth, we deploy our highly skilled mooring team to ensure that the vessel is safely secured to a suitable wharf or jetty in the port.

Whenever a ship is scheduled to set sail, the mooring team makes sure that the mooring lines are removed from the wharf and retrieved by the ship.


Our expert team conducts inspections and surveys of marine vessels of any size including draft surveys, trim surveys, on/off hire conditional surveys, liquid cargo quantity surveys and hold cleanliness surveys.

We can also provide surveys in all our regional ports on request.


Flinders Ports delivers certain aspects of the transhipment operations of iron-ore in Upper Spencer Gulf.

Through our Whyalla division we have a management role, providing the Loadmasters and surveying, load planning and vessel correspondence services for the iron-ore loading process. A Floating Offshore Transfer Barge (FOTB), two Self-Unloading Barges (SUBs) and a Transhipment Shuttle Vessel (CSL Whyalla) are used to tranship iron-ore onto Capesize vessels anchored around 8 nautical miles out in Spencer Gulf. We also provide labouring services within the transhipment operation.