Port Kembla

Port Kembla is a key infrastructure asset for New South Wales and an economic driver in the Illawarra region. Port Kembla is the home to the state’s largest motor vehicle import hub and grain export terminal, and is the second largest coal export port in New South Wales. The port handles a range of dry bulk, bulk liquid and general cargo.


The port of Port Kembla is a key gateway supporting New South Wales’ motor vehicle, mining, agricultural, manufacturing and construction industries. The port operates across two precincts, the Inner Harbour and the Outer Harbour.

The facilities at Port Kembla consist of:

  • 6 major independently operated terminals
  • 18 import/export berths
  • 2 bulk liquid berths
  • 3,410 metres of quay line
  • 186ha of land
  • 3.5 kilometres of road network
  • 29 kilometres of rail network

The port has a deep water shipping channel that can accommodate vessels with ship length (LOA) of 300m and has capacity for capsize vessels (at nominated berths). A short shipping channel minimises vessel transit time and contributes to port efficiency.

Ownership of the port rail network by NSW Ports provides flexibility in port operations. The port operates 24 hours per day, seven days a week (24/7).

Car Import & General Cargo Terminals

Australian Amalgamated Terminals (AAT) manages four berths within two terminals in the Inner Harbour.  The main terminal is designed as a multi-purpose facility catering for motor vehicles and general cargo. This includes a purpose built berth, to accommodate RoRo vessels of up to 270 metres LOA.

A high capacity fully land backed ramp pad will accept most heavy and oversize project cargo. A continuous berth length of 510 metres will allow the berthing of two car carriers simultaneously.

All three berths are suitable for container handling. The single berth facility can accommodate vessels up to 225 metres LOA.

Grain Terminals

There are two grain facilities in the Inner Harbour. Quattro Ports operates a bulk grain handling facility adjacent to Berth 103 and Graincorp operates the Port Kembla Grain Terminal facility adjacent to Berth 104.

These facilities provide storage and handling requirements for bulk grain exports and have the capability to receive and dispatch products by ship, rail and road. They export a variety of grains from the New South Wales market.

Coal Terminal

The Port Kembla Coal Terminal is a key coal exporting facility on Australia’s east coast, servicing the Southern and Western coalfields of New South Wales.

The Coal Terminal has road and rail receival facilities. Capesize vessels of 300 metres LOA load by gantry ship loaders. There is road receival capability for coke and other bulk materials to load at the secondary berth.

Dry Bulk & Break Bulk Facility

Port Kembla Gateway operate four berths in the Outer Harbour. The facility primarily handles bulk and break bulk cargo including copper concentrate, fertiliser, clinker, pulp/saw logs and steel products. The berths are of timber construction and can accommodate handy size vessels.

Bulk Liquid Facilities

There are two dedicated bulk liquids berths in the port owned and operated by NSW Ports. Berth 201 is primarily used for fuel discharge and loading. Berth 206 is primarily used for sulphuric acid gas imports.

Graincorp operates a bulk liquid facility adjacent to Berth 104 and handles a range of liquid products including chemicals and oils.

TQ Holdings is also in the process of obtaining approval for the establishment of a major fuel import facility which is expected to be operational in 2017/2018.

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