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BITRE • Australian sea freight 2008–09

The tonnage of liquid bulk shipped on permits increased from 3.9 million tonnes in 2007–08

to 4.3 million tonnes in 2008–09, an increase of 10.3 per cent over the same period which

saw the tonnage of total coastal liquid bulk fall 22.5 per cent, from 15.1 million tonnes to 11.7

million tonnes. This caused the proportion of liquid bulk transported using permits to jump

from 25.8 per cent to 36.8 per cent.

The tonnage of general cargo carried under coastal permits since 2007–08 remained constant

while the total tonnage of general cargo transported fell slightly.

T4.3 Impact of voyage permits on coastal trade, 2008–09

Cargo group Freight transported Freight task

Total coastal SVP and CVP SVP and CVP Total coastal SVP and CVP

(estimate)

(million tonnes) (per cent) (billion tonne-kilometres)

Dry bulk cargo 32.9 10.0 30.4 77.2 23.5

Petroleum (incl. LPG) 11.0 4.0 36.3 21.7 7.6

Other bulk liquids 0.7 0.3 43.7 1.0 0.5

General cargo 6.9 0.7 9.9 7.5 0.7

Total 51.6 15.0 29.1 107.4 32.4

Source: Infrastructure 2010, BITRE 2010.

Table 4.4 shows the coastal trade routes for which permit usage is most common, based on the

amount of freight carried on permits. As shown, permits are used to transport containerised

freight mostly between capital city ports. The routes where the largest volumes of bulk freight

are transport on permits are major bulk freight routes.

Missing from the table are intrastate routes commonly traded by unlicensed vessels such as

Weipa–Gladstone. Unlicensed vessels trading intrastate are not required to obtain a coasting

trade permit from the Federal Government, although such vessels may need to obtain

State Government approval such as a Restricted Use Flag (RUF) issued by the Queensland

Government.

T4.4 Permit usage for selected coastal routes, 2008–09

Route Freight transported Route Freight transported

Containerised

Total

(TEU)

(tonnes)

Melbourne–Fremantle 17 260 Port Hedland–Port Kembla 1 639 215

Melbourne–Brisbane 7 074 Gladstone–Newcastle 1 436 574

Sydney–Fremantle 5 930 Hastings–Botany Bay 1 024 823

Bell Bay–Fremantle 1 494 Port Latta–Port Kembla 1 013 867

Sydney–Brisbane 1 342 Port Bonython–Botany Bay 869 522

Brisbane–Darwin 1 321 Groote Eylandt–Bell Bay 560 434

Melbourne–Adelaide 1 083 Gladstone–Brisbane 420 399

Fremantle–Melbourne 943 Thevenard–Sydney 317 068

Brisbane–Fremantle 859 Ardrossan–Port Kembla 269 689

Fremantle–Sydney 568 Thevenard–Melbourne 257 669

Source: Infrastructure 2010.

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