General Information

General Information - Port Limits (Navigable Waters)

Controlled by Victorian Regional Channels Authority. All Navigation marks and beacons are controlled by Victorian Regional Channels Authority.

Commercial Berths: - All commercial wharves and piers are managed by GeelongPort, with the exception of Point Wilson Explosives Pier (Commonwealth Government) and Bulk Grain Pier Number 3 berth (Graincorp).

Draught and Tidal Information

BERTH

Depth of Water

Draught Limit (with tide)

Pt. Henry Pier

12.0m

11.4m

Bulk Grain Pier No. 1

10.5m

9.9m

Bulk Grain Pier No. 2

12.3m

11.7m

Bulk Grain Pier No. 3

12.3m

11.7m

Corio Quay North Nos. 1, 2, 3 & 4

11.0m

10.5m

Corio Quay South Nos. 1

11.0m

10.5m

Lascelles Wharf Nos. 1, 2, & 3

12.3m

11.7m

Refinery Pier Nos. 1, 2, 3, & 4

12.3m

11.7m

Pt. Wilson Explosives Pier

9.1m

8.5m

> All Berths require minimum under keel clearance of 0.6m for manoeuvres.

Inner Harbour Channels:

The movement of vessels with a draught of 10.8m or more in the channels will be regulated by the duty Marine Controller, and is subject to the actual tidal rise.

Times for vessels entering the channels and, or departing from the various berths can be obtained from the Duty Marine Controller.

TIDAL INFORMATION

MHWOS

0.8m

Neaps.

0.7m

MLWOS

0.0m

Neaps.

0.2m

Spring Range

0.8m

Neaps.

0.5m

Highest H.W. Recorded

1.52m

18 April, 1956

Lowest L.W. Recorded

-0.35m

20th February, 1951

Note:

Tide heights are affected greatly by prevailing winds and variations in the barometric pressure. In general low barometric pressure and / or westerly winds increase the height of both high and low water.

High barometric pressure and / or easterly winds decrease the height.

Pilotage

All pilotage within Port Phillip is compulsory for other than exempt Masters and is performed by Pilots from the Port Phillip Sea Pilots Pty. Ltd. These pilots are licensed for all waters within Port Phillip. There is a shore-based radar control station at Queenscliff and pilots embark and disembark from fast launches.

The pilot boarding ground for Port Phillip lies 3-5 miles southwest of Point Lonsdale.

The control station is equipped with V.H.F and is manned at all times, maintaining a continuous watch on V.H.F Channels 16 and 12.

Refer to Admiralty Chart Aus. 143

Navigational Lighting

The approach to Geelong from seaward is through three dredged channels lit by beacons on either hand. Starboard hand beacons are surmounted by a green pillar and exhibit green flashing lights, and port hand beacons are surmounted by a red pillar and exhibit red occulting or flashing lights. All beacon lights are solar powered and exhibited at an elevation of 5.5m.

Refer to Admiralty Chart Aus. 157. (Also for shore lights).