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VICTORIAN REGIONAL CHANNELS AUTHORITY

Channels House - Level 2, 235 Ryrie St Geelong, Vic 3220
Phone: +61 3 5225 3500


VRCA

OUR ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES

The Victorian Regional Channels Authority (VRCA) began operations on 1 April 2004. The VRCA was established to manage the commercial navigation of the channels in Geelong port waters and to oversee the Channel Management for the Port of Portland and Hastings. The Authority was established by the Victorian Government under the Port Management Act 1995 and the Transport Integration Act 2010.

In managing the Geelong channels, the VRCA's key responsibilities include:

  • Management of shipping control
  • Provision of navigation aids
  • Channel management
  • Marine environment protection
  • Safety and security
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Harbour Master's Directions

Port of Geelong Harbour Master's Directions

On 1 December 2005, Dilip Mathew Abraham, being the Harbour Master for port waters for the time being, made directions pursuant to Section 26E of the Marine Act 1988 now known as the Marine Safety Act 2010. As these directions may have been amended or varied from time to time or further directions made, set out below are the Harbour Master's Directions as in force as at the date of publication of this Handbook. Users or intended users of port waters should make their own enquiries as to any further, amended or varied directions in force from time to time.

Please Note: This should be read in conjuction with the Port Waters of Geelong Operating Handbook

Click Here to go to the Port of Geelong - Port Operating Handbook

 

Port of Hastings Harbour Master's Directions

The “Harbour Master’s Directions” are made by Capt. Paul Shane Vedamuttu being the Licensed Harbour Master for the “Port Waters of the Port of Hastings”.
These directions are amended, varied and further directions made from time to time.. Users of the Port of Hastings must make their own enquires as to any further amended or varied directions in force from time to time. These directions are to be read in conjunction with the ‘Port of Hastings, Port Operating Handbook “available on both POHDA and VRCA websites.

pdfClick Here for the Port of Hastings – Harbour Masters Directions 

Please Note: This should be read in conjunction with the Port of Hastings, Port Operating Handbook

pdfClick Here to go to the Port of Hastings - Port Operating Handbook 

 

 

DEFINITIONS

  • ‘Vessel’ means any kind of vessel that is used, or capable of being used, in navigation by water, however propelled or moved and includes:
    (1) a ship, barge, lighter, floating restaurant or other floating vessel,
    (2) an air-cushion vehicle or other similar craft, that is used for navigation by water, and
    (3) an aircraft capable of manoeuvring on the water, for as long as that aircraft is on the water,
    or any other type of craft defined in any applicable law to be a ‘vessel’.
  • ‘Berthed Vessel’ means a vessel secured to a wharf, jetty or pier, or to another berthed vessel.
  • ‘Channel’ or ‘Fairway’ means that part of the body of water, within the port waters, of sufficient depth to be used by vessels of commerce for navigation that is either marked with navigation aids or an open area of water that connects the marked channels or channel approaches.
  • ‘Gas-Free’ means a tank or space that has been thoroughly cleaned and ventilated in accordance with the requirements of AS 2865 or to current ISGOTT gas-free standards, and has been tested and certified by a competent person.
  • ‘Gross Under-Keel Clearance’ means the difference between the static draught of a vessel and the declared depth (on the large scale chart) of the seabed that it is traversing.
  • ‘Harbour Master’ includes a person authorised by a licensed Harbour Master under Chapter 6 of the Marine Safety Act 2010 to exercise the functions of the Harbour Master.
  • ‘ISGOTT’ means the International Safety Guide for Oil Tankers & Terminals.
  • ‘Licensed Harbour Master’ means a Harbour Master licensed under Chapter 6 of the Marine Safety Act 2010 for the Port waters.
  • ‘Master’ means a person having the actual or lawful command or charge of a vessel for the time being (and where the context so requires includes any person who is acting as the pilot of that vessel).
  • ‘Pilot’ means a person who is licensed as a pilot under Chapter 7 of the Marine Safety Act 2010.
  • ‘Port Phillip Heads’ means an imaginary straight line between Point Lonsdale and Point Nepean.
  • ‘Port Working Vessel’ means a vessel engaged in, or intended for, commercial, support or maintenance activities relevant to the port activities (i.e. dredge, pile driving barge, floating crane, work boat, tug, etc).
  • ‘Port waters’ means the waters of the port of Geelong declared by Order in Council made under Section 5(2) of the Port Management Act 1995.
  • ‘SIGTTO’ means the Society of International Gas Tankers and Terminal Operators.
  • ‘Tanker’ means a vessel constructed or adapted for the carriage of liquid cargoes or gas in bulk (including oil, chemicals and liquefied gas) and is listed in Column 6 (Ship Type) of Lloyd's Register of Ships as a Tanker.