Marine Services

PrimePort is an all weather port with an easy approach channel and a sheltered inner harbour.  Vessels of up to 261m in length and 11m draft have regularly called at the Port.  PrimePort provides a 24/seven pilotage service, all year round.

To assist in the berthing and un-berthing of the vessels, PrimePort is served by two tugs, supplemented by the pilot launch.

Tug 'Aoraki'
Date of Build:
Gross Tons:


Design Bollard Pull:

Main Engines:

Z Peller Drive:

Fuel Capacity

September 2008

27.7 m

35 tons - fwd

45 tons - aft

NIIGATA, 6L25HX, 1323 KW (1800 PS) @ 750 RPM


174.3 Cu.m

Tug Aoraki
Tug 'Te Maru'
Date of Build:
Gross Tons:


Design Bollard Pull:

Main Engines:

Z Peller Drive:

Fuel Capacity:

September 1984

28.45 m

25 tons - fwd

35 tons - aft

NIIGATA, 6L25CXE, 1500 PS @750 RPM


46.52 Cu.m

Tug Te Maru
Pilot Launch 'Kiwa'
Date of Build:

App. Displacement:


June 2017

24.0 tonnes

16.0 metres


Pilotage is compulsory for vessels over 500 gross registered tonnes or over 40m in length.  Pilots join the vessels at the pilot boarding ground, south of the Fairway Beacon.  Marine operations are conducted on VHF channel 09.

The port provides access of up to date weather information, accessible to all users.  The Weather System can be viewed on the Met Data portal.

PrimePort operates a berth booking service for liner vessels serving the Port on a regular basis.  Berths are made available to other vessels as per the PrimePort Berth Policy.  Contact for advance bookings can be made via email.

Marine Documents

Arrival Documents

Masters of Foreign Ships

Pre Arrival Notes

Pre Arrival Security

Vessel Arrival Information Sheet (to be sent at least 24 hours prior to arrival)

Passage Plan

Vessel Booking Form (Port Agents)

Marine Policy

PrimePort Berth Policy

Schedule of Rates

Standard Terms & Conditions


Hot Work Permits

Engine Immobilisation Permit

Aide for Vessel Managers

Hydrographic Services

Hunter Hydrographic Services (HHS) provides comprehensive, high quality and competitive hydrographic survey and dredge support services to a number of ports in New Zealand and Australia.

Survey Boat