Port of Cairns
Cairns Seaport is a multi-purpose regional port that caters for a diverse range of customers from bulk and general cargo, cruise shipping, fishing fleet and reef passenger ferries.
The Port's bulk cargo includes petroleum products, sugar, molasses, fertiliser and liquid petroleum gas.
The Port has long been the natural consolidation and redistribution centre for supplies that are shipped to the coastal communities north of Cairns as well as the Torres Strait Islands and the Gulf of Carpentaria.
The Port is a supply and service centre for the Freeport mine operations in Indonesia with regular mine servicing shipping operations out of the Port.
The Port has extensive land holdings that are leased to Seaport customers and is home to one of Australia's largest fishing fleets.
The Port offers extensive and experienced ship building and repair services with a number of slipways and dry docks up to 3,000 tonne capacity for a diverse range of ship maintenance requirements.
Berthing priority is given to commercial vessels in the loading and unloading of cargo ships and the disembarkation and embarkation of passengers. Priority is based on cargo type and size.
Berth allocations and supervision of these wharves is under the control of Ports North' Seaport Operations Office. To arrange for a berth, please contact this office.
Phone: +61 7 4051 2558
Please refer to the related documents to the right of the screen for a list of fees and charges.
The Port of Cairns is a Regulated Port under the Maritime Transport Security and Off Shore Facilities Act 2003. A Security Plan for the Regulated Port is in place and there are specific requirements for all users of the Port to comply with under this Plan. Regulated Ship Security All regulated vessels are berthed at wharves secured by Maritime Security Zones as identified by the Maritime Security Plan. Access is restricted to persons having business on board or as bona fide visitors. MSIC Cards Anyone who requires access within a Maritime Security Zone will need to apply for and wear a Maritime Security Identification Card (MSIC).
The MSIC is a nationally consistent identification card which confirms that the holder has met the minimum background checking requirements to work in a maritime and/or offshore security zone. A MSIC is not an access control card, and possession of an MSIC does not provide the right of entry to any facility within a Maritime Security Zone. Access to Maritime Security Zones is managed by the Maritime Industry Participant (MIP), or facility operator.
Ports North no longer processes or issues MSICs. Suggested online websites to apply for a MSIC include:
www.multicard.com.au www.msic.net.au www.msic-card.com.au
Your Role in Security
All persons have a security responsibility. If you see an unattended package or bag, with no apparent reason for being there, here’s what to do:
- Ask if anyone owns it.
- If no one does, don’t touch it.
- Alert others to keep away.
- Contact security
Keep an eye out for anything suspicious
If you see anything suspicious call the 24-hour National Security Hotline on 1800 123 400. Trained operators take every call seriously and you can remain anonymous.
||Lieutenant James Cook names Trinity Bay
||October: George Elphinstone Dalrymple surveys Trinity Bay
||October: Arrival of first permanent European settlers. 15 December: First official wharf lease in Trinity Bay issued to ASN Co.
||14 June: Meeting to discuss the establishment of a Harbour Board.
||20 December: Cairns Harbour Board gazetted.
||1 January: Cairns Harbour Board legislation comes into force. 28 February: Inaugural meeting of the Cairns Harbour Board (aborted). 7 March: First full meeting of CHB and election of Chairman.
||1 August: Resumption of principal private wharves completed except the Chillagoe Wharf.
||6 January: The Cairns Harbour Board occupies its new office.
||Construction begins on the first concrete wharf.
||Dredge Trinity Bay purchased.
||Cairns Harbour Board purchases the Chillagoe Wharf.
||Construction of the mechanised sugar loading facility.
||May: Arrival of Royal Australian Navy to establish base. May: American armed forces arrive in Cairns to establish base.
||Construction of Smith's Creek Wharf for US forces. Establishment of Flying Boat base.
||May: Fruit cannery opens in Smith’s Creek wharf shed.
||Construction of Cairns Meat Export freezer facility at Cairns wharf. 4 June: First sugar taken into bulk sugar terminal. 19 June: Last shipment of bagged sugar to leave Cairns on Ras Maersk. 5 October: Cairns bulk sugar terminal officially opened. 26 October: First shipment of bulk sugar exported from the bulk sugar terminal to Japan on the Sally Stove.
||19 January: Cairns Harbour Board opens new office on Esplanade.
||Construction of Commercial Fishing Basins 1 and 2
||1 November: Cairns Port Authority established.
||Construction of Marlin Marina.
||December: Marlin Marina damaged by Cyclone Joy.
||27 November: Cairns Port Authority moves into new office complex on site of original office.
||Constuction of new General Cargo Wharves 7-8
||March: Destruction of Marlin Marina by Cyclone Justin.
||Expansion of Cairns Marlin Marina including super yacht berths and Reef Fleet facilities May: Reef Fleet Terminal opened. May: Cityport North completed.
||November: Opening of the newly refurbished Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal
||Construction of 'G' Finger at the Marlin Marina
||November: Opening of the new Foreshore Redevelopment and Wharf Shed 2
Address: Cnr Grafton & Hartley Streets, Cairns QLD Australia 4870
Postal: PO Box 594, Cairns QLD Australia 4870
Phone: + 61 7 4052 3888
Fax: + 61 7 4052 3853
Port Fees & Charges