CAPTAIN Kell Dillon has been announced as the new ‘executive general manager marine and navigation’ at Victorian Ports Corporation (Melbourne), a position that includes the role of harbour master for the Port of Melbourne.

VPCM chief executive, Rachel Johnson, said she was “delighted to welcome Captain Dillon to this important appointment at VPCM. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in the maritime sector”.

Captain Dillon has held senior roles at the Port Authority of NSW, Port Kembla Port Corporation, NSW Maritime Authority, Sydney Ferries Corporation and the Royal Australian Navy.


At VPCM, he leads the division responsible for safe navigation in the port waters of the port of Melbourne through Vessel Traffic Services, as well as emergency management, business resilience and workplace health and safety.

“As harbour master, Kell has responsibility for two of our major navigational safety activities,” Ms Johnson said.

“These are the ongoing program of assessments and trials to allow larger vessels to enter the port of Melbourne and our project to replace and upgrade our vessel traffic services system to enhance safe navigation for all vessels in Port Phillip.”

Kell Dillon started at VPCM on 6 January 2020. He follows Captain Roy Stanbrook who retired in the same month and had held the position since 2014.