Port of Brisbane

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Port of Brisbane
BrisbaneQueensland
FishIs.png
Fisherman Island and the Port of Brisbane from space
Postcode(s) 4178
Location 22 km (14 mi) from Brisbane GPO
LGA(s) Brisbane City Council
State electorate(s) Electoral district of Lytton
Federal Division(s) Division of Bonner
Suburbs around Port of Brisbane:
Bramble Bay Moreton Bay Moreton Bay
Pinkenba Port of Brisbane St Helena Island
Pinkenba Lytton Green Island

Port of Brisbane is the shipping port and suburb of Brisbane, on the east coast of Queensland, Australia.[1] It is located in the lower reaches of the Brisbane River on reclaimed land that was once called Fisherman Islands at the mouth of the river. It currently is the third busiest port in Australia and the nation's fastest growing container port. It includes the main shipping channel across Moreton Bay which extends 90 kilometres (56 mi) north to Mooloolaba and is dredged to maintain a depth fourteen metres at the lowest tide.

Queensland's next two largest ports are the Port of Gladstone and the Port of Townsville.

According to the former Queensland Department of Primary Industries the Port of Brisbane was the most likely entry point of the South American fire ant to Australia.[2]

Facilities[edit]

The port is managed by the Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd (PBPL) under a 99-year lease from the Queensland Government. The Port of Brisbane has 29 operating berths including nine deep-water container berths and three deep-water bulk berths as well as 17 bulk and general cargo berths. In total the port facilitates more than 2,600 ships each year and transports more than 28 million tonnes of cargo each year.[3]

There are two cruise ship wharves for Brisbane, with differing facilities. Portside Wharf was completed in 2006 and is an international standard facility for cruise liners, offering restaurants, coffee shops, gift shops, and more. However, due to the height restrictions of the Gateway Bridge, the larger ocean going cruise liners must dock further down the river at the more industrial standard Multi User Terminal at the Port of Brisbane. Multi User Terminal is managed by the Port of Brisbane.

The port accommodates a visitors centre and in 2005 a shorebird roost was constructed. The bird roost is the largest site built specifically for migratory shorebirds on the east coast of Australia.

Transport Links[edit]

The Port of Brisbane Motorway is a short road linking the Gateway Motorway to the Port of Brisbane.

In 1980 a narrow gauge (1,067 mm/​3 ft 6 in) railway line was opened between the port and a junction near Lindum on the Cleveland line. This was converted to dual 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) / 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in) gauge in 1997 under the Keating Government's One Nation program.[4][5]

Expansion[edit]

Berth Year
opened
Length Usage Occupier
9 - 317 containers Patrick Corporation
10 2009 372 containers Patrick Corporation
11 2012 350 containers Hutchinson Ports Australia
12 2014 310 containers Hutchinson Ports Australia

The Port of Brisbane is currently under a large upgrade and extension spending A$50 million on infrastructure and a further A$100 million on equipment including over 25 automated straddle carriers owned by Patrick Corporation.

In January 2008, Port of Brisbane Corporation signed an agreement with Brisbane Container Terminals, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hutchison Port Holdings, subsidiary of Hutchison Whampoa, which Hutchison will operate berths 11 and 12 for 42 years.[6]

See also[edit]


References[edit]

  1. ^ "Port of Brisbane (entry 47770)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 15 September 2013. 
  2. ^ "Queensland faces possibly worst ever introduced pest". The 7.30 Report. 2001-03-05. Retrieved 2008-04-28. 
  3. ^ Bpa.net.au. Bpa.net.au. Retrieved on 2013-07-16.
  4. ^ Philip Laird (page 191). "Australia's gauge muddle and prospects". Back on Track: Rethinking Transport Policy in Australia and New Zealand. UNSW Press. ISBN 0-86840-411-X. Retrieved 2008-08-16. 
  5. ^ "A Critique of the Dual Gauge Link to the Port of Brisbane.". www.rag.org.au. Retrieved 2008-03-30. 
  6. ^ "HPH to invest A$200 million in port of Brisbane". Hutchison Whampoa. 2008-01-29. Retrieved 2010-03-24. 

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