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Navigational safety is at the heart of what Ports Victoria does, while leading the strategic development and operation of Victoria’s commercial ports and waterways. The merged operations of Victorian Ports Corporation (Melbourne) (VPCM) and Victorian Regional Channels Authority (VRCA) forming Ports Victoria, started on 1 July 2021. We are developing a new, dedicated website, but for now, information on safety, shipping operations, cruise shipping and other activities in and around our ports, will continue to be available on the VRCA and VPCM websites, linked below.

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Victorian Ports Corporation (Melbourne)

Information for the port of Melbourne, including shipping operations, safety, Station Pier and cruise shipping.

Victorian Regional Channels Authority

Information for the ports of Geelong and Hastings, including shipping operations and safety.

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Stay up to date with important information

While we work on our new website, you can stay up to date via the following articles and links.

We will keep you informed about operational matters, safety and activities in our ports and on the bays.

22 December 2023

New CEO of Ports Victoria announced

Ports Victoria welcomes the announcement of Craig Walker as the organisation’s new CEO. Follow the link to read the announcement from the Minister for Ports and Freight.

21 December 2023

Notice of proposal to make a towage services determination

The introduction of a non-exclusive towage licensing scheme was an action of Navigating our Port Futures – The Victorian Commercial Ports Strategy. Ports Victoria has taken a significant step in implementing a licensing scheme through gazettal of a notice of proposal to make a towage services determination for port of Melbourne. Ports Victoria is now seeking written submissions from persons likely affected by the proposed determination.

See more information by viewing the Special Gazette using the Read More link below.

17 August 2023

CEO announces resignation

The CEO of Ports Victoria, Brendan Webb, has announced his resignation from the organisation.

Follow the link below to read the announcement.

17 March 2023

Public Notice - Safe Transport Victoria: Declaration of boating activity exemption

Safe Transport Victoria has issued a Declaration of Boating Activity Exemption in relation to the 2023 Geelong Offshore Superboat Championships on the weekend of 18 and 19 March 2023.

01 March 2023

Pilotage services providers licence introduced in Victoria

From 1 March 2023, all pilotage services providers (PSPs) in Victoria must be licensed by Ports Victoria, under changes to the state's Port Management Act 1995.

All existing PSPs registered with Safe Transport Victoria (STVic) are automatically licensed from 1 March 2023.

New licence applicants must now apply to Ports Victoria and be assessed against requirements in its new Pilotage Services Providers Standard.

Follow the link above to view the Standard.

17 November 2022

Resumption of shipping ports of Melbourne and Hastings

Please find a link to Notice to Mariners 404 (T) – 2022 Safe clearing of commercial vessels (SOLAS) from Port Waters – cancelled.

The NtM advises mariners and port users that Svitzer Australia have announced the planned lockout of tug crews will not proceed and planned shipping movements and port operations can recommence.
As such, Ports Victoria will coordinate a staged resumption of shipping within port of Melbourne effective immediately. The scheduling of vessel movements will be coordinated through Melbourne VTS.

Shipping will also resume within the port of Hastings.

17 November 2022

Update on potential disruption to towage services in the ports of Hastings and Melbourne

An update as at 17:00 on 17 November 2022 in regard to Ports Victoria planning for the potential disruption to towage services in the ports of Hastings and Melbourne

16 November 2022

Potential disruption to towage services in the ports of Hastings and Melbourne

An update on planning for a potential disruption to towage services in the ports of Melbourne and Hastings commencing at 12:00pm on Friday 17 November 2022.

28 October 2022

Caretaker period before Victorian election

As the Victorian State election will be held on Saturday 26 November 2022, the Victorian Government has assumed a caretaker role from 6 pm on 1 November 2022. During the caretaker period, content will only be added to this website in accordance with the caretaker conventions.

16 September 2022

Cruise shipping returns to Station Pier

Cruise shipping returns to Station Pier with the arrival of the Coral Princess on Thursday 15 September 2022.

21 July 2022

The Victorian Commercial Ports Strategy

Minister for Ports and Freight Melissa Horne today released Navigating our Port Futures: The Victorian Commercial Ports Strategy, which sets out a 30-year framework to ensure an efficient and productive ports system. The strategy document is available via the link below.

13 July 2022

Ocean Onyx in Port Phillip Bay

The Ocean Onyx offshore exploration drilling will be in Port Phillip Bay for two weeks.

09 December 2021

Melbourne Harbour Master leaving Ports Victoria for new role

Captain Kell Dillon, Harbour Master for the port of Melbourne, is leaving Ports Victoria to take up a new role at Maritime Safety Queensland.

26 November 2021

Inaugural Ports Victoria CEO appointed

Ports Victoria welcomes the announcement of Brendan Webb as the organisation’s inaugural CEO. Follow the link to read the announcement from the Minister for Ports and Freight.

29 October 2021

Melbourne VTS team wins AMSA award

Quick thinking and resourcefulness on the job have won three of Ports Victoria’s Melbourne Vessel Traffic Services officers a prestigious maritime safety award for 2020-21.

27 October 2021

Keep Clear of Big Ships

Stay safe while enjoying time out on the water. Boaties are reminded to keep clear of big ships when out on Port Phillip, Western Port and all other Victorian waters. And remember, please check all equipment and your engine, before you set off.