Port Phillip Sea Pilot Service

The Port Phillip Sea Pilots (PPSP) service has been in place for over 170 years and today serves the ports of Melbourne, Geelong and Western Port 24 hours a day every day of the year.

All large shipping must engage a pilot in order to traverse a port entrance and the shipping channels.  Pilot launches operate from the Sea Pilot shore bases to transfer the pilots to and from ships, meeting the ships in a designated area in Bass Strait.  Pilot transfer by launch also operates between the wharf and a ship at anchorage in port, and a pilot must be taken on board before a ship leaves its berth for the journey back into Bass Strait.

The history and operation of the pilot service is a feature of the Museum including a work boat from the Wyuna, a scale model of the steam yacht Alvina, historic artefacts, charts and maps. A DVD tells the story of the Port Phillip Sea Pilot Service.