Western Australian Facilities

Fremantle Ports

The Port of Fremantle operates through two harbours.

The Inner Harbour at Fremantle handles almost all of the container trade for Western Australia. It also provides facilities for livestock exports, motor vehicle imports, other general cargo trades, cruise ships and visiting naval vessels.

The Outer Harbour, about 22km to the south at Kwinana, is one of Australia’s major bulk cargo ports handling grain, petroleum, liquid petroleum gas, alumina, mineral sands, fertilisers, coal, sulphur, iron ore and other bulk commodities.

The port is a mix of facilities and services managed by Fremantle Ports and private operators. Fremantle Ports provides and maintains shipping channels, navigation aids, cargo wharves at common user areas and leased terminals, the Fremantle Passenger Terminal, road and rail transport infrastructure in the port area, moles and seawalls and other port infrastructure such as storage sheds, water, power and public amenities.

Services such as towage, pilotage (under contract to Fremantle Ports), line boats and bunkering are provided by the private sector.

Fremantle Ports also cooperates with Commonwealth Government agencies responsible for customs, quarantine and maritime safety.

Three of the jetties in the Outer Harbour are operated by private companies, generally under Special Agreement Acts with the State. They are the AlcoaBP and CBH jetties. The Kwinana Bulk Jetty and the Kwinana Bulk Terminal are operated by Fremantle Ports.

Australian Marine Complex – Henderson

The Australian Marine Complex (AMC) is a world-class centre for excellence for manufacturing, fabrication, assembly, maintenance and technology development, servicing the marinedefence, and resource industries.

Located in Western Australia, 23 kilometres south of Perth, the AMC has been developed to enhance the opportunities created by the clustering of industries and is home to the largest marine industry in Australia.

The AMC has established international credentials for the repair, maintenance and construction of naval and commercial vessels, as well as infrastructure for the fabrication and assembly of offshore oil and gas modules.

Albany Port

Albany Port was the first Port in Western Australia, being the site of the first European settlement in WA in 1826. For many years it was the only port for the state and its growing population.

The port is located on the north shore of Princess Royal Harbour,with port waters and seabed extending throughout Princess Royal Harbour and King George Sound as far as Bald Head, Breaksea Island light and Herald Point.The Sound and two natural harbours adjoining it make this area a safe haven for ships and an ideal location for a port.

Today Albany is a bulk products port, with the main trades being the export of grain and woodchips. Other smaller trades are the export of silica sand and the import of fertiliser and fuel. Total yearly trade is strongly influenced by seasonal conditions and the resulting impact that has on agricultural production. Annual trade can therefore vary between 3 million – 4 million tonnes.

Broome Port

Broome Port is the largest deep-water access port serving the Kimberley region and is open to shipping on a 24 hour basis seven days a week.

The wharf is a steel piled structure with a concrete deck and spring fendering. The outer berth is 331 metres long and two inner berths 170 metres and 96 meters long respectively. At chart datum (Lowest Astronomical Tide) it is 13.3m from the waterline to the deck of the wharf and 12.2m to the top of the fender system. There is adequate lighting for night work.

The maximum size of vessels using the port is determined by the following factors: least depth in entrance 12.3m at chart datum, minimum depth alongside outer berth 8.6m at chart datum (this minimum depth is located at the north eastern corner of the jetty. Depths at the jetty proceeding south quickly deepen to 10-14 metres). The tidal range is about 9.5m at springs, and strong tides are experienced across the entrance channel and at berth. The largest vessel to visit Broome to date is the “Rhapsody of the Seas” with GRT 78,495 tonnes and LOA 279m.

There are 164 registered moorings in the Port; these are located in Roebuck Bay, Gantheaume Point and at Black Ledge.

All moorings are privately owned and must not be used without the consent of the Broome Port Authority.

Bunbury Port

Bunbury is the second largest city in Western Australia and is the centre for the South West region as an industrial, tourism and commercial base. It is 182 kilometres (approximately two hours by car or train) south of Perth, the State capital, from where there are connections to international and domestic destinations. Initially named ‘Port Leschenault’ by French explorer Captain Nicolas Thomas Baudin in 1803. The town-site was declared in 1836 and now has a population of around 30,000 within the Bunbury City and 50,000 within the greater Bunbury Area. The Bunbury Harbour Board was created by an act of Parliament to control the port from 1st July 1909. The name Bunbury Harbour Board was changed to Bunbury Port Authority in October 1967 The Bunbury Port Authority (BPA) is an Authority established under the Port Authorities Act 1999. It is responsible to and reports to the Minister For Transport (State of Western Australia). The Port is a pivot point for world wide distribution of products from the South West of Australia. Rail and road links enable the Port to capitalise on cargo throughout. It’s location is a strategic one, providing a natural distribution point which embraces mining, manufacturing, agricultural and pastoral areas. The major commodities that the Port caters for are Alumina, Mineral Sands, Woodchips, Caustic Soda and Silica Sand. * See details of major CARGO COMMODITIES.

Mid West Port

Located in the heart of the city of Geraldton, the port is 424 kilometres north of Perth, 1,340 kilometres south of Port Hedland and 990 kilometres west of Kalgoorlie. Mid West Ports manages the port and is governed by the Board of Directors appointed by the Minister for Transport.

Mid West Ports facilitates trade, controls the port, makes sure safety comes first and operates efficiently, to look after the port’s land and infrastructure – and protect the natural environment surrounding the port. Mid West Ports must always act commercially and endeavour to make profits. The main cargoes are iron ores, grains, fuels, metals, mineral sands, talc, garnet and fertilisers.
Trade growth has seen Geraldton port move from a five million tonne per annum port five years ago to reach 10 million tonnes. Strong growth is set to turn into stronger growth as iron ore ramps up in 2013. Today’s ten million tonne port will be 2014’s fifteen million tonne port. With the addition of Oakajee to the Mid West Ports portfolio, the Ports of Geraldton & Oakajee become the Mid West’s sixty million tonne gateway to opportunity.

Exmouth Port

The Exmouth Boat Harbour is approximately 2 kilometres south of Exmouth, and is located approximately 1,261 kilometres north of Perth. The total harbour area is approximately 5 hectares. The fishing, charter and recreational industries have been the principal users of the facility, however with the extensive growth in large scale resources projects in the Pilbara and Gascoyne regions, other maritime support/service industries are now accessing the facility.

The boat harbour comprises charter boat pens, general purpose pens, trawler pen moorings, service wharf and two boat ramps, as well as a fishing platform, fish cleaning table, oil disposal facility, toilets, showers, and car park.

Port Geographe Bay

Port Geographe Marina has pens available from 8 -30 metres. They are available for lease on a daily, weekly, monthly, 3 monthly, 6 monthly or yearly basis. All vessels requiring pen space need to be insured before accessing pen area. All designated pens have power and water. 15 amp power is supplied with pen. 3 phase power is charged extra either daily or by units used.

Port Geographe has a 35 tonne Crib Point Straddle carrier. We are available to lift vessels from 20 to 65 foot in length. We also have 7 hardstand spaces available. Bookings for this service/space is essential.

Mandurah Ocean Marina

The Mandurah Ocean Marina is an aquatic playground offering glorious beaches, boardwalks, parks and piazzas. The Marina provides a colourful mix of waterfront market stalls, shops, cafes and restaurants as well as modern facilities for both professional and recreational boating enthusiasts.

The Mandurah Ocean Marina consists of 390 recreational boat pens, 36 commercial boat pens and 213 Club pens. In addition to offering a safe and sheltered mooring for your vessel, the Marina is well equipped to provide for all of your boating needs.

Esperance Port

Esperance Ports Sea and Land is a corporatised entity that operates under the Port Authority Act and oversees the operations of the Esperance Port. The Port is the largest nickel concentrate exporting port in the southern hemisphere and is the gateway to world markets for Australia’s principal nickel mining region With the completion of a $54 million port upgrade project in February 2002, Esperance became the deepest port in southern Australia, capable of handling Cape size vessels up to 200,000 tonnes, plus fully loaded Panamax size vessels up to 75,000 tonnes. As a result of this development, iron ore exports through the Port totalled 9.2 million tonnes in the 2010 financial year. The Port is also a major grain exporting hub and handles bulk imports such as fuel and fertilisers. Esperance Port handles over 200 ships per annum and more than 11 million tonnes of trade. Esperance Ports principal functions are to: facilitate trade within and through the Port and plan for the future development of the Port; and be responsible for the safe, efficient and environmentally responsible operation of the Port.