​Transit Only Zone

Vessels must not anchor or drift within the Transit Only Zone

The Transit Only Zone:

  • covers the Port Melbourne Channel south of Breakwater Pier, the waters approximately 500 metres to the west and 200 metres to the east of that channel
  • includes the Eastern By-Pass Channel and the Western By-Pass Channel
  • extends approximately three miles to the south of Fawkner Beacon.

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Examples of buoys and beacons marking the Transit Only Zone

Names and co-ordinates of beacons and buoys

The Transit Only Zone is defined by a conceptual line joining co-ordinates indicated in the table below.

The zone is marked by beacons and one buoy (T28) in the following approximate positions (WGS84).

The beacons and buoy are Special Marks fitted with yellow X on a yellow pile and have light characteristics VQ (4) Y. 4s, synchronised with each other.

This information is compiled from Notice to Mariners 128 -13 (PDF, 3.3 Mb).

Please check Notices to Mariners page for updates for Port of Melbourne waters.

​Beacon name​Co-ordinates (WGS 84)
​Commencing at Breakwater Pier light​  37°51.855'S, 144°55.068'E;
​Williamstown Channel beacon No. 17 ​  37°51.799'S, 144°55.293'E;
​Williamstown Channel beacon No. 15 ​37°52.092'S, 144°55.556'E;
​Port Melbourne Channel beacon No. 70 ​37°52.068'S, 144°55.657'E;
​Port Melbourne Channel beacon No. 71​37°52.069'S, 144°55.761'E;
​Eastern By-Pass beacon T25 ​37°52.484'S, 144°55.905'E;
​Eastern By-Pass beacon T23​37°53.193'S, 144°55.882'E;
​Eastern By-Pass beacon T21 ​37°53.861'S, 144°55.860'E;
​Eastern By-Pass beacon T19 ​37°54.553'S, 144°55.837'E;
​Beacon T15​37°55.619'S, 144°55.801'E;
​Beacon T9​37°57.805'S, 144°55.729'E;
​Beacon T1​38°00.000'S, 144°55.656'E;
​Beacon T2​38°00.000'S, 144°54.869'E;
​Beacon T10​37°57.774'S, 144°55.031'E;
​Beacon T16​37°55.599'S, 144°55.188'E;
​Beacon T20​37°54.541'S, 144°55.223'E;
​Beacon T26​37°52.685'S, 144°55.285'E;
​Buoy T28 ​37°52.306'S, 144°55.193'E;

 For more information, contact:

Navigation Services
Tel: +61 3 9644 9758
Email: navservices@vicports.vic.gov.au

Transit Only Zone