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Chapter 5

Australian port activity

In 2008–09, there was a 4.0 per cent increase in the number of voyages into Australia from

overseas ports, while the total number of port calls decreased 2.7 per cent from 2007–08.

Melbourne, the busiest port in terms of the number of port calls, experienced an 8.4 per cent

decrease in total port calls in 2008–09 (from 3531 in 2007–08 to 3233 in 2008–09). Brisbane,

the most common first port of call for international voyages, saw a decrease of 6.1 per cent in

international voyages compared to 2007–08.

Port calls in Darwin increased 28.1 per cent in 2008–09, reflecting the increases in the tonnage

of coastal freight originating in the Northern Territory since 2007–08.

T5.1 Ship activity at Australian ports, 2008–09

Australian port Unique internationaltrading

Total unique vessels International voyages Total port calls

vessels

(number)

New South Wales

Eden 13 28 17 40

Newcastle 548 763 1 010 1 779

Port Kembla 208 492 248 916

Sydney 286 564 783 2 247

Yamba 2 2 5 5

Victoria

Geelong 101 223 137 505

Hastings 23 69 36 163

Melbourne 239 669 588 3 233

Portland 52 112 65 200

Queensland

Abbot Point 124 145 148 194

Airlie Beach 0 1 0 1

Brisbane 510 846 1 163 2 418

Bundaberg 3 7 3 12

Cairns 22 85 31 263

Cape Flattery 5 5 28 31

Cooktown 1 3 1 4

Gladstone 609 853 840 1 613

Hay Point 653 717 886 1 082

Karumba 15 23 16 26

Lucinda 11 16 11 16

Mackay 45 105 58 187

Mourilyan 15 20 19 32

Port Alma 35 64 43 92

Townsville 239 334 379 660

Weipa 103 130 138 394

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