General Information

Port Contingency Plan

GeelongPort has in place contingency plans covering initial response to emergencies which may involve actual or possible damage to the environment, property or injury to or loss of life. Management and combat of the emergency may involve outside authorities such as the Victorian Police, Country Fire Authority, State Emergency Service, the Victorian Regional Channels Authority, City of Greater Geelong, Port Phillip Sea Pilots and the Environment Protection Authority.

The Master of a vessel in respect of which the emergency plan may be invoked, or who observes any incident which may call for combat action, must communicate by telephone or radio with the Port's duty Marine Controller at Corio Quay North. The Marine Controller will activate the response procedures. The Master of the vessel reporting an emergency or incident may expect to have early contact with a representative of the Port and/or the relevant Authority. Full co operation of the Master is expected to help stabilise and contain the situation.

Possible emergencies considered by the Port's contingency plan include fire, escape of gas, marine casualty, pollution of the sea by oil or other substance and natural disaster.

Masters of vessels carrying commodities which present potential hazards should determine with the duty Marine Controller on arrival the action to be taken in the event of an emergency arising during the vessels stay in port.

Where an emergency involves the property or interests of more than one party, including that of GeelongPort, the Harbour Master and GeelongPort retains the authority or right to determine the paramount interest, and if necessary, combat will be stopped and the vessel towed off the berth.