Port of Cairns
Cairns Seaport is a multi-purpose regional port that caters to a diverse range of customers from project, bulk and general cargo, cruise shipping, fishing fleet and reef passenger ferries.
The Port's bulk cargo includes petroleum products, sugar, fertiliser and liquid petroleum gas. The Port's project cargo contracts range from the Rio Tinto Amrun Bauxite Mine construction project to the Ratch Australia Corporation’s Mount Emerald Wind Farm project and the MSF Sugar Tableland Mill power station project.
The Port has long been the natural consolidation and redistribution centre for supplies 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 is one of Australia's busiest cruising destinations with both major international cruise ships and a number of domestic cruise vessels operating out of Cairns.
The Cairns Marlin Marina is a 261 berth Marina accommodating a variety of cruising vessels, superyachts and reef vessel operations servicing the Great Barrier Reef.
The Reef Fleet Terminal and Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal provide the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef for about one million passengers who visit the Reef from Cairns each year. Sailfish Quay, within the Cairns Marlin Marina, provides world-class superyacht berths for vessels up to 140m.
The Cityport project, located immediately adjacent to the Cairns CBD, with a detailed Masterplan, provides a range of unrivalled waterfront tourism, commercial and residential property development opportunities.
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.
Cairns Port History
Ports North, formerly the Cairns Port Authority and Cairns Harbour Board, is arguably the most important organisation in the history of Cairns and the district.
Created in 1906, it has evolved to meet changing conditions and often led the way in the introduction of new technology and critical regional development.
In many respects the history of Ports North is the history of Cairns. The town was established to provide a port for the hinterland mining industry, and the Cairns Harbour Board and the seaport remained at the core of the town's existence.