DECLARATION OF BOATING ACTIVITY EXEMPTION
and NOTICE OF BOATING ACTIVITY EXCLUSION ZONE
PORT OF GEELONG
LOCAL PORT OF PORT PHILLIP
Geelong Offshore Superboat Championship Event 10-11 April 2021
Victorian Regional Channels Authority as the port management authority for the Port of
Geelong and Parks Victoria as the declared waterway manager for Local Port of Port Phillip, makes
the following declaration under section 203(3) of the Marine Safety Act 2010 (Vic).
For the purposes of boating activity conducted by Australian Offshore Powerboat Club, persons and
vessels involved in the Geelong Offshore Superboat Championships are exempt from the following
State Rules made under the Marine Act 1988
1. Clause 2(a) – must not exceed 5 knots within 50 meters of a person in the water
2. Clause 2(c) – must not exceed 5 knots within 50 meters of another vessel.
3. Clause 4(a) – must not exceed 5 knots within 200 meters of the water’s edge
Waterway Rules made under the Marine Safety Act 2010 / Marine Act 1988
4. Clause 1.4.7 of Schedule 1 – 5 knot speed restriction zones: all waters of South West
Port Phillip within 200 meters of the waters’ edge
5. Clause 1.4.12 (c) of Schedule 1 – The master of a personal watercraft must not operate
the personal watercraft: for any purpose other than transiting in the safest most direct course
to, or from the shore and/or a boat ramp or berthing facility (including a jetty, pier or mooring),
whilst operating within designated 5 knot speed restriction zones.
Marine Safety Regulations 2012
Modification For the purpose of boating activity conducted by the Australian Offshore Powerboat
Club “Schedule 1 – Types of personal floatation devices”, of the Marine Safety Regulations 2012
(MSR) is modified to include a personal floatation device (PFD) is a PFD type 1,2 or 3 if it
complies with the current Australian Power boat association (APBA) rule book
Subject to the conditions detailed below:
- Masters of rescue vessels and personal watercraft vessels are only exempt from items 1 to
4 when undertaking a rescue operation to retrieve persons in distress, provide for their initial
medical or other needs and deliver them to a place of safety.
- Masters of personal watercraft rescue vessels are only exempt from item 5 for the
duration of the event.
- Masters of competing vessels are only exempt from item 2 to 4 for the duration of the
- Persons on competing vessels must wear PFDs that comply with Rule 801 of the current
- Persons on course official and rescue vessels involved with the event must wear a
personal floatation device at all times during the event, excluding rescue divers, and vessels must
have all prescribed safety equipment.
- In the event of any injuries which result in hospitalisation, a fatality or an incident
involving a person or vessel not involved in the event, these must be immediately reported to
Victorian Police and MSV. In the case of all other incidents MSV requires incident reports within
seven days and a finalised report in thirty days.
- The exemptions and modification apply from 12:00pm – 3:00pm Saturday 10th April and
10:15am – 2:00pm Sunday 11th April 2021 within the exclusion zone waters – Port of Geelong &
Local Port of Port Phillip – of Corio Bay approximately 200m offshore between Rippleside Beach to
Limeburners Point along the southern sector as marked by buoys.
- The exemptions apply provided the stated safety controls and undertakings detailed in the
application form and associated documentation are adhered to.
Marine Safety Act 2010
NOTICE OF BOATING ACTIVITY EXCLUSION ZONE
Victorian Regional Channels Authority as the port management authority for the Port of Geelong and
Parks Victoria as the declared waterway manager for Local Port of Port Phillip, hereby gives
notice under section 208(2) of the Marine Safety Act 2010 (Vic) that all persons and vessels not
registered to take part in the Geelong Offshore Superboat Championships are prohibited from
entering and remaining in the following waters.
Waters of Port of Geelong and Local Port of Port Phillip – Corio Bay approximately 200m offshore
between Rippleside Beach to Limeburners Point along the southern sector bound by the following
points marked by buoys:
The exclusion zone will be in effect 12:00pm – 3:00pm on Saturday 10th April and 10:15am –
2:00pm on Sunday 11th April 2021.
Victorian Regional Channels Authority