Port Phillip and Western Port bays are popular locations for boating, fishing, yachting and other aquatic pastimes. But recreational users must share the port waters responsibly with the large commercial ships visiting the ports of Melbourne and Hastings.
Steer Clear boating safety information
Port of Melbourne Corporation (PoMC) runs the Steer Clear boating safety program to help boaters stay safe and enjoy their time out on the bays.
Small boats must always STEER CLEAR of ships
- It is dangerous, and often impossible, for ships to change course quickly.
- Just because you can see the ship, don't assume the ship can see you.
- Ships are often travelling faster than you think.
In the shipping channels in both bays
In the Transit Only Zone in the north of Port Phillip Bay
- No anchoring or drifting allowed - it is dangerous and illegal. Penalties apply.
The Transit Only Zone covers the Port Melbourne Channel south of Breakwater Pier, the waters approximately 500 metres to the west and 200 metres to the east of the Port Melbourne Channel, and includes the Eastern By-Pass Channel and the western shallow draught fairway and extends approximately three miles to the south of Fawkner Beacon.
See Port Phillip Bay map below for location and Transit Only Zone page for details.
In the high shipping hazard zone in Port Phillip Bay
- Boat operators should note the high shipping hazard zone in Port Phillip Bay, from Hovell Pile in the south to the Transit Only Zone in the north of the bay. Boat operators are strongly advised not to anchor or drift in this area. See Port Phillip Bay map below for location.
Boat patrols and fines - all year round
Year round boat patrols by PoMC and Victorian Water Police monitor these areas and fines are issued for infringements.
Click on the map below for a larger pdf version
For more information, contact:
Port of Melbourne Corporation
Tel: +61 1300 857 662