Bomb threat at Melbourne passenger ship terminal

Passengers of a cruise ship and a ferry in Melbourne have been given the all clear, after being evacuated when sniffer dogs smelt "something suspicious".

Victoria Police were called to the scene at 12:15pm and the bomb squad also investigated.

The area was then deemed safe shortly after 4pm.

Earlier: SNIFFER dogs have been called in and Melbourne's Station Pier has been evacuated after a possible scare.

AAP reports that no suspicious object has been found but sniffer dogs responded to a scent while patrolling at the pier, Melbourne's main passenger shipping terminal.

"We have evacuated two cruise ships while we are conducting a safety check and the bomb response squad is on the way," a Victoria Police spokeswoman said on Friday.

The Spirit of Tasmania and a Dutch-registered cruise ship from the Holland America Line, the MS Noordam, are berthed at the pier and all passengers and crew have been removed along with staff at the pier.

A traveller has told AAP that the pier was evacuated about 12.15pm.

"We have been told that there is a bomb threat on the ship that we're on," Marc Wichman said.

The pier is in lockdown but passengers said there was calm.

The ABC reported the ships included many Americans and Canadians, some of whom had waited years to go on a cruise.

Some passengers said they were getting very little information on the situation.

The ships are unlikely to be able to leave until the bomb squad gives the all-clear.

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