Pilotage Exemption Certificates (PEC) and Pilot Licences
COVID-19 response information
New Zealand is at Alert Level 1.
New guidelines for Maritime Pilots
We have developed these guidelines so Maritime Pilots can continue to work in New Zealand during COVID-19 Alert Level 4. These guidelines have been updated 30 July 2020.
Processing your applications
Although our staff are now working from home, we have made changes so we can continue to provide services for you.
Read about the changes
Due to the current situation, we recommend that you only send your applications and documents to us electronically by email:
- We no longer require original documents from you, only electronic copies.
- Documents do not need to be certified or countersigned (e.g supporting documents for fit and proper person purposes).
- If you are renewing a certificate, we do not need the original expiring certificate.
When providing us with electronic copies of documents, please make sure the scanned copies are legible and of a good quality.
If you are unable to provide your application documents to us electronically, we recommend you contact us so we can make alternative arrangements for you.
Find out how to contact us
The best way of contacting us is by email
We are monitoring our email and will respond to your enquiry as soon as possible.
Please use the following email address:
email@example.com for all general enquiries
Alternatively you can use our online enquiry form.
Contact us online
If you don't have email
We are still answering the phones but there may be a delay in our response times.
New Zealand (toll free): 0508 22 55 22
Calling from outside New Zealand: +64 4 473 0111
Also on this page:
Pilotage Exemption Certificates (PEC)
Changes to Maritime Rules Part 90: Pilotage
On 1 April 2011 changes to pilotage requirements for Pilotage Exemption Certificate (PEC) holders were introduced by Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) following widespread consultation with industry.
Applying for a Pilotage Exemption Certificate (PEC)
As part of the PEC application, you will be required to undertake training in accordance with an Approved PEC Training Programme and pass a practical, written and oral PEC examination. You will need to contact the local Harbourmaster for details. Once you have successfully completed the examination, the Harbourmaster will send a letter confirming this to MNZ. You should then apply to MNZ for a PEC.
Read these guidelines below for all the requirements when applying for a PEC.
When applying for a Pilot Licence you must complete an application and send it to MNZ with all required documentation.
Proficiency plans, annual assessments, peer reviews and pilot CPE: pilotage relevant guidance.
Read about the background of SeaCert and its aims to provide competency-based systems that better suit seafarers in NZ.