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Chapter 1 • Overview

Australian port activity

The number of vessels involved in international shipping entering Australia rose from 3807 in

2007–08 to 4051 in 2008–09, a 6.4 per cent increase. Over the same period the number of

international voyages increased 4.0 per cent, while the number of port calls made by all ships

decreased 2.7 per cent (Table 1.4). This reduction in total port calls corresponds to a decrease

in the tonnage of coastal freight transported between 2007–08 and 2008–09, as discussed in

Chapter 3.

T1.4 Summary of Australian port visits, 10 years to 2008–09

Financial year Unique international-trading

International voyages

Total port calls

vessels

(number)

1999–00 3 147 9 656 21 714

2000–01 3 123 9 452 21 570

2001–02 3 143 8 793 21 386

2002–03 3 119 8 811 22 699

2003–04 3 340 9 136 23 443

2004–05 3 510 9 865 25 373

2005–06 3 509 10 073 25 531

2006–07 3 732 10 418 26 333

2007–08 3 807 11 119 27 442

2008–09 4 051 11 566 26 709

Note: A ship which sails to Australia 3 times and makes a total of 15 port calls in Australia in a year, counts as 1 ship,

3 voyages and 15 ship calls or visits.

Source: LMIU 2010.

Australian fleet

The Australian trading fleet decreased in 2008–09, in terms of both gross and deadweight

tonnage (Table 1.5). The total number of ships also declined from 94 to 77 vessels. The number

of small ships (mostly general cargo vessels) fell by one from the previous year to 20, and the

number of large ships decreased by 16 to 57. In contrast to the recorded decreases in fleet size

between 2007–08 and 2008–09, containership tonnage increased nearly six-fold in 2008–09.

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