Prevention of Collisions Convention - Victoria


You will be required to comply with this convention if you operate a domestic commercial vessel or regulated Australian vessel in Victorian State waters. Under this convention all vessels are required to maintain a proper lookout, including by use of radar where appropriate, and to proceed at a safe speed in accordance with their circumstances to allow them to take action to avoid any collision.

The rules include detailed requirements for steering and sailing when ships are in conditions of visibility, within sight of other ships, and restricted visibility. It prescribes use of various coloured lights and shapes of lights to be displayed, and the use of sound and light signals, including those to be used by ships in distress.

Please consult the responsible agency for more information and to ascertain the level of compliance (if any) that may be required.

Service type

Code of Practice

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Act(s) name

Marine Safety Act 2010 VIC

Regulation(s) name

Marine Safety Regulations 2012 VIC

Administering agency

Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources

Transport Safety Victoria

Contact details

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Maritime Safety

Transport Safety Victoria

Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources

Operating address: 121 Exhibition Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000
Mailing address: GPO BOX 2797
Melbourne, Victoria 3001
Phone: 1800 223 022
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