Geraldton Port Facilities

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Berth Accommodation (summary of berths)

Electricity

Water

Berth 3 Specifications

Berth 4 Specifications

Berth 5 Specifications

Berth 6 Specifications

Berth 7 Specifications

Other Geraldton Port facilities include:

Towage services (tug boats)

Pilotage

Berth Accommodation

Depths alongside berths as per the latest Local Marine Notice.

LengthBeamUtilisation
Berth 1 50m Available for use subject to MWPA review and approval
Berth 2 225m 33m Available for use subject to MWPA review and approval
Berth 3 230m 34m Grain, Layup outside Grain Season, Import minerals (self-discharge vessels), Cruise Ships
Berth 4 225m 33m Minerals, Cruise Ships
Berth 5 225m 33m Iron Ore,  Cruise Ships
Berth 6 190m 33m General, Livestock, Fertiliser, Minerals, Fuel. Break bulk cargo. Rotainer operations, Cruise Ships
Berth 7 235m 38m Iron Ore
Harbour Basin

For information regarding the latest declared depths refer to Local Marine Notices https://www.midwestports.com.au/local-marine-notice.aspx

Berth 3

Berth 3 is used for grain handling services.

  • Two wharf gantries each with a capacity of 1,000 tonnes per hour.
  • Gantry Traverse 167 metres
  • Air draft - 14.5m over Lat
Controlled by Co-Operative Bulk Handling Ltd.
Contact Duncan Gray
Position Zone Manager
Phone (08) 9921 9499

Grain Storage Capacity

Vertical Cells 200,000 tonnes
Annexe 90,000 tonnes
West End Depot 326,000 tonnes
Open storage bulkheads (if required) 54,000 tonnes
Total Storage Capacity 670,000 tonnes

Grain Gross Ship Loading Rates

Wheat 1,000 tonnes per hour/per gantry
Barley 800 tonnes per hour/per gantry
Oats 700 tonnes per hour/per gantry
Lupins 1,000 tonnes per hour/per gantry
Canola 800 tonnes per hour/per gantry

Full holds are untrimmed unless trimming machine used at 100 tonnes per hour.

Berth 4

Berth 4 is used for handling of minerals.

One Wharf Gantry - shiploader capacity 1,600tph
Air draft 15m over Lat

Shiploader Dimensions

Boom fully retracted, from fenders to product drop 7.6m
Boom fully extended, from fenders to product drop 18.3m
Long traverse 180m

Shiploader Attachments Available

  • Articulated chute
  • HDPE Concentrate chute
  • Cascade chute

Berth 5

Berth 5 is used for the handling of Iron Ore

One Wharf Gantry 5,000tph
Air draft 17m over Lat
Long traverse 185m
Chute fully retracted, from fenders to product drop 9.3m
Chute fully extended, from fenders to product drop 22.1m

Shiploader Attachments Available:

  • Iron Ore chute with water sprays

Berth 6

Berth 6 is the Port’s general purpose berth used for the import and export of various products including livestock, fertiliser, fuel, bagged mineral sands, concentrates via rotainer crane and various break bulk and project cargoes

Berth 7

Berth 7 is used for then handling of Iron Ore

Owned and operated by Karara Mining Pty Ltd.
Contact George Savell
Position Regional Operations Manager
Mobile 0458 002 239
Email george.savell@kararamining.com.au

Specifications and Dimensions

Shiploader luffing/slewing type loader with fixed chute on boom conveyor
One Wharf Gantry 5,000 tph
Air draft 18 m over Lat
Log traverse 196m

Shiploader Attachments Available

  • Iron Ore chute with water sprays and fogging device

Mooring on Berth 7

Berth 7 commenced operational services in October 2012 for Panamax Iron Ore vessels port side alongside.

The total mooring line plan requires six headlines and six stern lines

Electricity

Ships power is available at all berths.

Berth 4 electricity supply (West End Only)

  • Three phase 440 volts AC 50 Hertz & Single Phase 250 volts AC 50 Hertz
  • Berth and access lighting is provided throughout the wharf area

Water 

Fresh water is available at all berths except Berth 7.

RECEPTION FACILITIES AND WASTE DISPOSAL GUIDELINES

Discharge of waste into the marine environment is, in most cases, either prohibited or requires written permission from MWPA.  Discharge of waste ashore is subject to strict Biosecurity requirements as determined by the Commonwealth Department of Agriculture and is only permitted by a licensed waste contractor.

MWPA provides “Biosecurity Controlled (Quarantine)” waste receptacles for garbage including plastic and food waste. Agents can make arrangements directly with local waste management companies to arrange collection of any hazardous or liquid wastes.

The following table provides a guide to waste discharge within Port Waters.

WASTE CATEGORY
MARINE DISCHARGE
SOURCE / REFERENCE

Oil, oily water mixtures (controlled waste)

No discharge permitted

MARPOL (Annex I), Pollution of Waters by Oil and Noxious Substances Act 1987

Garbage - Plastics

No discharge permitted

MARPOL (Annex I)

Garbage – Cargo residue / deck washing

No discharge permitted within Port Waters

Beyond 10NM comply with MARPOL (Annex I)

Garbage – Food waste

No discharge permitted within Port Waters

Beyond 10NM comply with MARPOL (Annex I)

Garbage - Other

No discharge permitted

MARPOL (Annex I)

Timber

No discharge permitted

MARPOL (Annex I)

Recyclables

No discharge permitted

MARPOL (Annex I)

Air pollution - Incinerator

Use of Incinerators is prohibited within the Commercial Harbour

Certain substances are prohibited for incineration. Please refer to Regulation 16 of MARPOL Annex VI

Port Authorities Regulations 2001

Environmental Protection (Unauthorised Discharges) Regulations 2004 

MARPOL (VI)

Air pollution – IMO 2020 Compliance

All shipboard emission to comply with the latest revised MARPOL Annex VI

MARPOL (VI)

Ballast water

Discharge permitted only if carried out in accordance with Australian Ballast Water Management Requirements

Biosecurity Act 2015

IMO Ballast Water Convention

Black Water - Sewage

No discharge permitted within Port Waters.

Beyond 3NM Approved Sewage Treatment Plant can be used as per MARPOL Annex IV Regulation 11.1.2

Ships visiting the Port of Geraldton waters that are not equipped with an approved sewage treatment plant must retain sewage on board in a suitable holding tank in accordance with the requirements of AMSA Marine Order 96: Marine Pollution Prevention – Sewage 2018 - Division 2 section 7(c)

MARPOL (Annex IV)

Environmental Protection (Unauthorised Discharges) Regulations 2004

Port Authorities Regulations 2001 (Reg 17)

Grey Water - Waste waters (other than sewage) from the sinks, showers, galleys, laundry

No discharge permitted within Commercial Harbour

Environmental Protection Act 1986

Port Authorities Regulations 2001 (Reg 17)

Other Controlled Waste

No discharge permitted

MARPOL (Annex II)

MARPOL (Annex III)

Environmental Protection (Controlled Waste) Regulations 2004

Biofouling

Any activity that has the potential to disturb or dislodge biofouling on a ship and / or the ship's antifoul coating is prohibited within Port Waters. Such activities include, but are not limited to:

  • In-water hull cleaning
  • Cleaning of internal seawater systems (including sea-chests and engine cooling pipes)
  • Propeller ‘polishing’ (cleaning)

Biosecurity Act 2015

Port Authorities Regulations 2001

WA Fish Resources Management Act 1994

 IMO 2020 REQUIREMENTS AND USE OF EXHAUST GAS CLEANING SYSTEMS

As per IMO2020, all vessels will be required either to use a compliant fuel or be fitted with an Exhaust Gas Cleaning System (EGCS / Scrubber).

Vessels using an EGCS are required to notify AMSA before first arrival at an Australian Port after 1 January 2020.

Any marine discharge within port limits must comply with the relevant Annexes of MARPOL and in accordance with Appendix 3 of the IMO 2015 Guidelines for Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems (resolution MEPC.259(68)).

Both OPEN and CLOSED LOOP scrubbers are permitted for use in the Port of Geraldton if the wash water meets the IMO specified discharge criteria. Refer to Marine Notice 5/2019.

Residues generated by EGCSs cannot be discharged anywhere at sea, or incinerated on board, as required by MEPC.259(68) section 10.4.

Vessel compliance with MARPOL Annex VI requirements, whilst in Australian waters, will be monitored by the AMSA as the Port State Control Authority for Australia.

Importantly, in the event of a malfunction, if an EGCS cannot be returned to a compliant condition within one hour, the vessel must then change over to compliant Low Sulphur Fuel Oil (LSFO).

Information for Vessels Alongside Berth

Vessel Handout MWPA

Mission to Seafarers – Information Regarding Mission to Seafarers Services

Mission to Seafarers Status

Port Facilities