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What We Do

Our mission is to safely navigate vessels in and out of Fremantle on schedule.  Foremost in every Pilot’s mind is that a single accident could paralyse commerce and tourism, devastate marine life and do irreparable damage to the environment.

The job is both demanding and dangerous, but with so much at stake, our commitment is to perform each assignment with safety, professionalism and service. We support our shipping partners and are ultimately accountable to the people of Western Australia – at no cost to the taxpayer.

Every day of the year, 24 hours a day and in all weathers,  Fremantle Pilots navigate commercial and naval vessels to and from over 60 berths within Fremantle and Kwinana. These vessels include 305m long container ships, bulk carriers, 160 000 tonne fully loaded oil tankers, the world’s largest car and vehicles carriers, livestock vessels, specialist offshore and research vessels, support vessels, navy frigates and aircraft carriers, border protection vessels, tall ships, super yachts and of course passenger ships, the longest being the Ovation of the Seas, which at 348m long is a football pitch longer than Perth’s tallest building (Central Park 249m) and the largest ever vessel to call at any Australian port.

We are the first on board when the vessel arrives inside port limits, and the last to say goodbye when it leaves. Working closely with Fremantle Ports, shipping companies, tugboat operators, the Australian Military, Border Protection and Quarantine services and many international navies; Fremantle Pilots provide service for more than 5100 vessel moves annually. The commercial vessels we pilot to and from berths within the Port of Fremantle over the course of a single year, carry more than 33 million tonnes of cargo worth approximately $30 billion, and this accounts for 74% of Western Australia’s  imports.  This vital trade that supports thousands of Western Australians and assists in delivering goods throughout the state and much of the nation, can be attributed directly to the facilities served by Fremantle Pilots.

The video below shows the longest ever vessel to call at an Australian port entering Fremantle.

Additionally, the following videos show container vessels departing the Innner Harbour.

Please click on the following link to view Fremantle Pilot’s You Tube channel.