Berths and Terminals

The Port of Brisbane and upriver facilities has 31 operating berths with more than 7,860 metres of quay line.

Berth Number
Container 12
Oil – crude and refined 5
General Purpose (Fisherman Islands)
Grain/dry bulk/general cargo (Pinkenba) 1
General cargo/motor vehicles
Clinker (Bulwer Island)
Chemicals and fertilisers
Queensland Bulk Terminal (formerly sugar)
Wet bulk 2
Forgacs Cairncross dock fit-out berths 2
Cruise-vessel facility 1
Bulk Products Private Berth 1

Container Terminals

The Port of Brisbane has eight container berths (2,460m of quayline), which are leased and operated by three stevedores.

The Port of Brisbane is the only Australian port to host three stevedoring operations - Patrick, DP World and Brisbane Container Terminals - all of which use automated container handling equipment.

DP World Brisbane leases and operates Berths 4-7, with Post-Panamax cranes (two of which are twin-lift container cranes), one Panamax single-lift crane, 23 dedicated container handlers,7 automated stacking cranes and 24 internal transfer vehicles.

Patrick leases and operates Berths 8-10, with four Post-Panamax cranes and 27 automated straddle carriers.

Hutchinson Port Holdings-operated Brisbane Container Terminals occupies Berths 11 and 12. Phase one equipment include two Post-Panamax Quay cranes, six automated stacking cranes, six shuttles, two reach stackers, two prime movers and four internal transfer vehicles.

PBPL owns the wharves, provides a significant proportion of fixed improvements, and issues priority-use licences and leases for their operation.


General Cargo and Motor Vehicles

The Port of Brisbane has 697m of general-cargo wharves, which can handle break-bulk cargo, containers, motor vehicles and other roll on/roll off cargo.

Australian Amalgamated Terminals (AAT) leases and manages Berths 1-3 with various stevedores loading and unloading ships at these berths. AAT manages cargo receival and delivery. The berths are equipped with one conventional Panamax container crane and one mobile harbour crane.

The grain berth has also been extended by 50m to accommodate some pure car carrier vessels. This berth can be used for motor vehicle when available and suitable for the vessel. Heavy loads in excess of 90t require PBPL’s approval to transit wharves 1-10 at Fisherman Islands.

Other wharf load constraints are available on application. Please contact PBPL Port Operations on 07 3258 4686 for more information.

Dry-Bulk Terminals

The port’s dry-bulk facilities have flexible operational arrangements, with some fully dedicated to a particular user and others sharing wharf facilities with non-bulk trades. These facilities include:

Port of Brisbane
• Coal terminal (Queensland Bulk Handling Pty Ltd)
• Grain/cottonseed/sugar terminal (GrainCorp)
• Cement/clinker plant (Sunstate Cement Ltd)
• Woodchips terminal (Queensland Commodity Exports Pty Ltd)
• General Purpose Berth (PBPL)

• Pinkenba bulk terminal (GrainCorp)
• Common-user Berth (PBPL)
• Pinkenba and Gibson Island fertiliser/chemical plant (Incitec Pivot)
• Queensland Bulk Terminal (Wilmar Gavilon)
• Hamilton wharve/Maritime wharves* (QUBE Logistics)

*over the next few years these facilities will be progressively relocated

Wet-Bulk Terminals

Most wet-bulk facilities at the port are either crude-oil or refined-products berths.

Brisbane has two oil refineries – Caltex at Lytton and BP at Bulwer Island – each with a crude-oil berth used principally for imports and a products berth used chiefly for refined exports. Shell (Pinkenba) and Neumann Petroleum Terminals (Eagle Farm) also handle refined products through the port at wharves in the Pinkenba Reach.

Animal and vegetable oils and chemicals are moved through terminals at Pinkenba and Hamilton.