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.

Also on this page, Legislative Charts showing the port waters of the port of Melbourne and a link to information for the Port of Geelong.

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, which should be read in conjunction with Harbour Master's Directions, conforms to the format recommended by the International Harbour Masters' Association and provides general information and guidance for the masters of sea-going vessels, ships' agents and other interested parties on all aspects of port operations and the navigation of commercial vessels in port waters of the port of Melbourne.

The 4th Edition is effective from 23 March 2018 and supersedes all previous versions. All details are correct at the time of publication but may be subject to variation.

View or download the Port Information Guide 4th Edition from the links below:

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Diagrams and chartlets from the 4th Edition of the Port Information Guide for the port of Melbourne

(Documents are all PDFs)

​27Diagram 3(a) West Gate Bridge
​28Diagram 3(b) Bolte Bridge
​33Diagram 3(f) Swanson Dock berths and chainage marks
​34Diagram 3(g) Station Pier general arrangement plan
​35Diagram 3(h) Gellibrand Pier recommended mooring arrangements for large tankers
​35Diagram 3(i) Gellibrand Pier recommended mooring arrangements for Aframax tankers
​36Diagram 3(j) Gellibrand Pier recommended mooring arrangements for Panamax tankers
​36Diagram 3(k) Gellibrand Pier recommended mooring arrangements for Medium Range tankers
​41Chartlet 3(m) Distance table (2.0 Mb)
​42Chartlet 3(n) Webb swing basin
​43Chartlet 3(o) Main shipping channels at the entrance to Port Phillip Bay
​64Chartlet 5(a) VTS sectors (2.6 Mb)
​65Chartlet 5(b) VTS reporting points, Lonsdale sector (2.6 Mb)
​66Chartlet 5(c) VTS reporting points, approaches to Melbourne

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 information

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

Harbour Master's Directions and Port Information Guide