Berths and Terminals

The Port of Brisbane and upriver facilities has 29 operating berths with more than 8,200 metres of quayline.

Berth  Number
Container  9
Oil - crude 
Oil - refined 5
General Purpose (Fisherman Islands)  1
Grain/woodchip/cottonseed (Fisherman Islands)  1
Grain/dry bulk/general cargo/refined petroleum products (Pinkenba) 1
General cargo/motor vehicles/containers  3
Clinker (Bulwer Island) 2
Coal/clinker  1
Chemicals and fertilisers  2
Queensland Bulk Terminal  1
Cruise-vessel facility  1
Hamiltion No.4 1

Container Terminals

The Port of Brisbane has equivalent of eight 300m container berths (2,469m of quayline), which are leased and operated by three stevedores.

The Port of Brisbane 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 three Post-Panamax cranes (two of which are twin-lift container cranes) and one Panamax single-lift crane 14 Automated Stacking Cranes and 14 Shuttle Carriers.

Patrick leases and operates Berths 8-10, with four Post-Panamax cranes and one Panamax crane and 31 Automated Straddle Carriers.

Brisbane Container Terminals occupies Berth 11 and 12. Equipment includes four Post-Panamax Quay Cranes and six Automated Stacking Cranes.

PBPL owns the wharves, providing 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 the Port .

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 Common-user Berth (PBPL/Graincorp)

  • Pinkenba and Gibson Island fertiliser/chemical plant (Incitec Pivot)

  • Queensland Bulk Terminal (Wilmar Gavilon)

  • Hamilton wharf (QUBE Logistics)

  • Cement Australia 

  • Wagners 

Wet-Bulk Terminals

Most wet-bulk facilities at the port are refined-products berths.

Brisbane has one oil refinery – Caltex at Lytton – with a crude-oil berth and a products berth used for refined imports and exports. Other refined products are handled through the Port’s common user berths at Luggage Point, Pinkenba and Fisherman Islands, or private berths at Port North.

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