Harbour Master's Directions & Port Information Guide

The Harbour Master's Directions and Port Information Guide of Victorian Ports Corporation (Melbourne) contain information and provide advice and guidance to ship's masters, shipping agents and owners to facilitate the safe and efficient operation of shipping within the port waters of the Port of Melbourne.

Harbour Master's Directions

This document informs about:

  • the role of the port authority
  • the functions of the Harbour Master
  • the regulations and practices that govern vessel operations
  • Vessel Traffic Services operation
  • anchorages, channels and berths, port services and tides
  • procedures and requirements for aquatic event advices.

View or download the Harbour Master's Directions 10th Edition, effective from 1 August 2017 (PDF, 3 Mb)

The 10th Edition supersedes all previous versions. All details are correct at the time of publication but may be subject to variation.

Port Information Guide

This document informs about:

  • the port description of the Port of Melbourne
  • port performance
  • notifications, documentations and reporting
  • port safety and security
  • berth information, towage requirements
  • services provided by the port.

View or download the Port Information Guide (PDF, 5.1 Mb)

The October 2016 edition is effective from 1 November 2016 and supersedes all previous versions. All details are correct at the time of publication but may be subject to variation.

Port waters of the Port of Melbourne

As per The Order in Council made under section 5(2) of the Port Management Act 1995 (Vic) on 18 October 2012 (Victoria Government Gazette G 42 18 October 2012, page 2359) the declared port waters of the Port of Melbourne are defined in the following Legislative Charts:

LEGL./12-105 - Port waters of the Port of Melbourne (PDF 2.8 Mb)
LEGL./12-106 - Port waters of the Port of Melbourne (Port Melbourne) (PDF 3.5 Mb)
LEGL./12-107 - Port waters of the Port of Melbourne (Port Phillip - South) (PDF 2.6 Mb)

Port of Geelong

For information about the Port of Geelong, please refer to the Victorian Regional Channels Authority.

For more information contact:

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

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Harbour Master's Directions and Port Information Guide