About us

Hydro Marine Pilots Pty Ltd, based in Mackay, North Queensland provide professional marine pilotage to vessels transiting the compulsory area of Hydrographers Passage en-route to the coal ports of Dalrymple Bay and Hay Point. We operate under a fully integrated and certified Safety Management System. Subject to periodic audit by AMSA (Australian Maritime Safety Authority) our DOC (Document of Compliance) is valid to August 2018. We provide safe, efficient and on time marine pilotage services to all vessels. Our Pilots are fully qualified Master Mariners with experience gained world wide on high value vessels. All Pilots are subject to periodic competency checks and attend regular professional development courses to further enhance their skills and knowledge. All Pilots operate with a uniformed approach to Pilot/Master exchange, pre-boarding information and conduct all transits following approved, standardized passage plans.

Our skill set

Marine Pilotage
Reliability & Safety
Experience

Meet the Team

We are a team of dedicated professionals, ready to do what ever it takes to provide you with the best pilot transfers.

Alister Munro

Alister Munro

General Manager

Alister draws experience from many years of hands on, fast paced maritime experience in his previous roles as a shipping agent dealing with vessels loading and discharging a multitude of cargoes including coal, bauxite, break bulk, live cattle export, along with ship husbandry duties, port scheduling and shipper representation.

Having a firm understanding of the flow of vessels through the Great Barrier Reef compulsory pilotage zones comes from Alister’s experience in both the southern and northern sectors of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park based out of Mackay and Weipa in an agency capacity.

Alister is an Alumni of the Australian Maritime College with a Bachelor of Science in the Marine Environment, and fully understands and is committed to protecting the fragile and precious Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

Waqar Kahloon

Waqar Kahloon

Master Mariner

Waqar is an Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) Licensed coastal Marine Pilot and Master Mariner. During his career Waqar has worked on wide range of vessels, including bulk cargo, container, oil tanker and bitumen carriers. Joining the Maritime industry as a deck cadet in January 1976, Waqar has worked on various types of ships in different capacity as Deck Officer.

Waqar was issued with his Master Mariner license by Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) in November 1994. After 10 years of command on foreign going vessels, Waqar joined Hydro Marine Pilots in 2005 as a Marine Pilot and has since retained this position with us and now has more than a decade of experience guiding vessels through Hydrographers Passage specifically.

Vasyl Stiazhkin

Vasyl Stiazhkin

Master Mariner

Vasyl is an Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) Licensed coastal Marine Pilot and Master Mariner. During his career Vasyl has worked on wide range of vessels, including bulk cargo and container carriers. Vasyl joined the maritime industry in 1995 after graduating from Odesa National Marine Academy and worked as a ships officer until 2004.

Vasyl is an experienced ships Master working in the role from 2004 to 2008. After moving to Australia in 2008 Vasyl worked for SWIRE Shipping and joined Hydro Marine Pilots as a Marine Pilot 2 years later.

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