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BITRE • Australian sea freight 2008–09

Table 3.5 shows the cargo flows between the various state capitals and regional ports in each

state. In comparing the tonnages moved in 2008–09 with 2007–08:

• The amount of freight shipped from Sydney decreased 88.8 per cent, with a further decline

of 25.4 per cent in freight shipped from other ports in New South Wales.

• Freight shipped from Melbourne remained relatively stable, while the amount of freight

originating from other Victorian ports decreased 32.8 per cent.

• Freight originating in Darwin experienced a seven-fold increase, and freight originating from

other ports in the Northern Territory rose from zero to 515 800 tonnes from the previous

year. Table 3.8 shows that this was due to the movement of dry bulk from the Northern

Territory to Tasmania in 2008–09 which had not occurred in previous years.

• Freight shipped from Fremantle decreased 24.3 per cent after more than doubling from

2006–07 to 2007–08. Other Western Australian ports experienced a decline of 21.9 per

cent in outbound freight from 9.4 million tonnes in 2007–08 to 7.3 million tonnes in

2008–09.

Cargo type

Bulk cargo continues to represent the majority of coastal cargo at 86.5 per cent by weight

in 2008–09 (see Tables 3.6 and 3.7). Liquid bulk loaded decreased 24.8 per cent from 15.6

million tonnes in 2007–08 to 11.7 million tonnes in 2008–09. The quantity of dry bulk loaded

in 2008–09 increased 6.5 per cent, while containerised cargo fell 4.4 per cent from 2007–08 in

tonnage terms. The quantity of other non-bulk freight remained constant in comparison with

the 2007–08 figures.

Data in Table 3.8 illustrates the flow of cargo between the states by cargo type. Some of the

major differences from the 2007–08 figures are:

• Decreases were recorded by every state in terms of dry bulk cargo loaded, with Victorian

intrastate dry bulk cargo decreasing 34.7 per cent.

• Total liquid bulk loaded in New South Wales decreased 66.4 per cent, with these decreases

observed in the volume of liquid bulk unloaded in Tasmania and Queensland. Liquid bulk

loaded in Victoria fell 32.6 per cent to 3 million tonnes, reflected by the decrease in liquid

bulk of Victorian origin unloaded in New South Wales and Queensland.

• Total liquid bulk loaded in South Australia increased 68.2 per cent.

• Tonnes of container cargo loaded in New South Wales experienced a sharp decrease in

2008–09 from last year’s figures. Correspondingly, no container cargo from New South

Wales was unloaded in Western Australia, and a large decrease was observed in container

cargo from New South Wales unloaded in Queensland in 2008–09.

• Tonnes of container cargo originating in the Northern Territory grew dramatically, increasing

from 1 400 tonnes in 2007–08 to 34 800 tonnes in 2008–09.

• Other non-bulk cargo from South Australia and Queensland recorded heavy decreases in

terms of tonnage loaded, decreasing 97.7 per cent and 60.9 per cent respectively.

• Other non-bulk cargo loaded in the Northern Territory increased almost three-fold, with

an additional 28 700 tonnes unloaded in Western Australia in comparison to 2007–08.

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