Towage Services Determination for Melbourne

A Towage Services Determination for the port waters of the port of Melbourne was gazetted by Ports Victoria on 29 February 2024 under the Port Management Act 1995 (Vic). The Determination is effective 1 March 2024.

Svitzer Australia has been issued a non-exclusive licence, effective 1 March 2024, following an application process.

In determining the requirements of the Towage Services Determination, Ports Victoria engaged with Port of Melbourne as the port operator, Fire Rescue Victoria, industry and government agencies to define the towage requirements that respond to the safety and efficiency needs of towage in port of Melbourne waters.

Ports Victoria’s CEO, Craig Walker said “This represents the first Towage Services Determination issued for a Victorian commercial port. It provides a base to ensure sufficient towage is available for the port of Melbourne’s needs and will enhance the safety and efficiency of this critical port service.

“I want to thank everyone at Ports Victoria who were involved in this important work.

“We will soon start the process to implement Towage Services Determinations and licensing regimes at other Victorian commercial ports.”


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