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World Vessel Traffic Services Guide Australia

-Melbourne

VHF Procedures

Port of Melbourne VTS Area is divided into two Sectors.

Sector 1: Lonsdale VTS (LVTS)

Located at: POINT LONSDALE SIGNAL STATION On: VHF Ch 12

For Traffic: South of 38° 05’S

Sector 2: Melbourne VTS (MVTS)

Located at : Shipping Management Centre HARBOUR CONTROL On: VHF Ch 12

For Traffic: North of 38° 05’S

Call Lonsdale VTS two (2) hours before arrival at Pilot Station.

Permission to change frequency or to end VHF watch should be obtained from MVTS.

Reports

PRE-ENTRY REPORTS

24 hours before arrival

TO: MVTS

VIA: AGENTS (Through Port View)

Arrival Notice must contain mandatory information for Port View including:

Vessel’s name, Call Sign, ETA Pilot Station, Max Draft, Max Air Draft, Any deficiencies that may affect the Safe Navigation of Vessel and DUKC documentation if draught of 11.6m and over.

WHEN: 2 hours before arrival off Port Philip Pilot Station TO: LVTS

GIVING: IMO SRS ITEMS: Alpha, India, Oscar, Quebec, X-ray (Air Draft) VIA: VHF CH 12

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Note: Inward bound vessels approaching Port Phillip Heads - must obtain clearance from LVTS of readiness to proceed - must display signal/s appropriate for vessel

- must not proceed until LVTS grants permission

- Vessel’s with draught greater than 11.60m must submit via agent and comply with DUKC - must comply with Victorian Notices to Mariners

- Automatic Identification System (AIS) is on at all times.

MOVEMENT REPORTS - Inbound:

BEFORE: Passing Point Lonsdale Signal Station TO: LVTS

GIVING: ETA at Hovell Pile Light and Fawkner Beacon or Pt Richards if proceeding to Geelong or Anchor Position if proceeding to anchor.

VIA: VHF CH 12

WHEN: 30 mins south of Fawkner to obtain clearance to enter and use Port Melbourne Channel TO: MVTS

VIA: VHF CH 12

WHEN: Passing Fawkner Beacon, Breakwater Pier, West Gate Bridge, or Anchorage (if applicable after anchoring), Beacon 70 (for vessels bound for Station Pier).

TO: MVTS VIA: VHF CH 12

Departure Reports

DEPARTURE REPORTS

4 hours before departure

Provide DUKC documents if draught of 11.6m and over.

3 hours before departure

Book a departure via the agent through Port View. Departure Notice must contain mandatory Information for Port View including: Vessel’s name, Call Sign, ETA Pilot Stn, Max. Draft, Max. Air Draft, Any Deficiencies that may affect the safe Navigation of Vessel.

1 hour before departure

TO: MVTS VIA: VHF CH 12

GIVING: Confirming vessel’s readiness at the ordered time of departure.

On departure

TO: MVTS VIA: VHF CH 12

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NOTE: Outward bound vessels leaving a berth:

- must obtain clearance from MVTS of readiness to proceed - must display signal/s appropriate for vessel

- must not proceed until MVTS grants permission

- Vessels with draught greater than 11.60 metres must submit via the agent and comply with DUKC - must comply with Victorian Notices to mariners

- Automatic Identification Systems (AIS) is on at all times

MOVEMENT REPORTS - Outbound

TO: MVTS

Obtain clearance to depart and use the Port Melbourne Channel.

Report At: West Gate Bridge, Breakwater Pier, (Beacon 70 for vessels using Station Pier), Fawkner Beacon (ETA Hovel pile & Pt. Lonsdale), or Anchorage (if applicable after anchoring)

From Geelong: Pt Richards

From Anchor: Departure Anchor location VIA: VHF CH 12

TO: LVTS

When passing: Hovel Pile and Beacon 6 in the South Channel requesting clearance and advice on the ship channel usage

Pilotage

Pilotage by licensed pilots is compulsory for all ships and is provided by Port Phillip Sea Pilots (PPSP). This does not apply to a vessel less than 35 metres in length or a pilot exempt master.

Send ETA Message via agents - 24 and 4 hours before arrival

TO: PORT PHILLIP SEA PILOTS SERVICE

Send Arrival message - 2 hours before arrival

TO: PILOT STATION VIA: VHF CH 16 and/or 12

Pilot Vessel will contact ship on VHF CH 16 and switch to CH 12

PILOT BOARDING GROUND

Melbourne: 3 to 5 nautical miles SW of Point Lonsdale

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A minimum of 3 hours notice is required prior to departure.

Anchoring

Port Phillip Bay Anchorage

Inner Anchorage – A1, A2 & A3

Outer Anchorage – S1, S2, S3, S4, S5, S6, S7, S8, S9, S10 & S11 The master of a vessel must:

- obtain permission from MVTS to anchor in a designated anchorage - obtain permission to move from the anchorage

- maintain a continuous anchor and VHF watch whilst at anchor

- not allow vessel to drag anchor cable over subsurface services and underwater gas pipeline in the vicinity of the anchorage.

Services Offered

Port Of MELBOURNE

Radar and AIS coverage extends over whole of Port Phillip Bay.

Radar coverage extends seaward from Point Lonsdale to a 20 nautical mile radius.

LVTS at Point Lonsdale Signal Station covers areas South of 38° 05’S to Port Phillip Pilot Boarding Ground. MVTS at Shipping Management Centre (Harbour Control) covers area North of 38° 05’S to Bolte Bridge, Webb Dock & station Pier.

Port of Melbourne VTS provides an Information Service and Traffic Organisation Service in the Port Phillip Bay.

CONTACTS MVTS:

VHF CH – 12 and 16 Tel: (61 3) 96449700

VHF CH 02, 06, 08, 12, 13, 16, 19, 67 and 74 for auxiliary services FAX: (61 3) 96449710

LVTS:

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Additional Information

Information on the Port of Melbourne and allied services may be obtained from: Port Of Melbourne Corporation - http://www. Portofmelbourne.com

Harbour Masters Directions - http://www.portofmelbourne.com/publications/portopshbook.asp Port Customers Handbook - http://www.portofmelbourne.com/publications/portcusthbook.asp Australian Custom and Border Protection Services - http://www.customs.gov.au/

Australian Quarantine and Inspection Services - http://www.daff.gov.au/aqis/ Australian Maritime Safety Authority - http://www.amsa.gov.au/

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