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



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

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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VRCA – Safety of navigation is our priority

One of VRCA’s principal functions is to exercise general direction and control of the movement of vessels. The safety of all vessels in port waters is a priority

- There are about 1,000 channel transits by large ships every year

-Large vessels:-

  • must keep within the marked channels or anchorages
  • they have right of way in the channels
  • they cannot steer if they slow down too much
  • they may not be able to avoid you

-Small recreational craft must take care in port waters

-Help us to keep everybody safe

-Keep clear of big ships

-Keep a lookout - you may not hear the approach of a vessel over the noise of your engine or the noise of wind and waves

-Make sure you show appropriate lights at night

-After a ship passes there will be waves that may catch you unawares and swamp or capsize your boat if you are not prepared

If an approaching big ship is blowing its whistle it means: ‘GET OUT OF THE WAY’

Do not anchor in the channels – it’s illegal

Please help us to keep navigation in the channels and port waters safe for all vessels

Click play to listen to our Safety Message.


A Current Map of the Port of Geelong Channels

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