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  • About Port Authority of New South Wales

    Port Authority of New South Wales (Port Authority) manages the navigation, security and operational safety needs of commercial shipping in New South Wales

    Port Authority of New South Wales manages the navigation, security and operational safety needs of commercial shipping in Sydney Harbour, Port Botany, Newcastle Harbour, Port Kembla, Eden and Yamba.

    With over 6,000 visits from trade and cruise vessels each year, the ports of New South Wales contribute billions of dollars to our economy; create thousands of jobs and support countless businesses.

    Port Authority works 24/7 to ensure the safety of these ships, the security of our working ports and the protection of our marine environment.

    Across six ports, Port Authority delivers safe and efficient marine services, including: harbour masters; marine pilotage; aids to navigation; vessel traffic services; emergency response; hydrographic surveying; port management, dangerous goods regulations and cruise terminal operations.

    Port Authority of New South Wales keeps our ports safe, secure and open to the world. 

    How we work
    Port Authority manages and operates the ports at Glebe Island, White Bay, Eden and Yamba and has the role of Harbour Master in all NSW ports. Each Harbour Master is appointed under section 85 of the Marine Safety Act 1998 (NSW).

    The general function of a Harbour Master is outlined in section 88 of the Marine Safety Act and can be summarised as having ‘powers to direct and control the movement, entry and exit of vessels within port areas’.

    Port Authority owns and manages common user berths at Glebe Island and Sydney Harbour's cruise facilities at the Overseas Passenger Terminal and White Bay Cruise Terminal. Port Authority also provides land on long term lease adjacent berths on Glebe Island.

    Port Authority is the lead agency for responses to maritime incidents in coastal waters stretching from Fingal Head, Port Stephens to Gerroa, Seven Mile Beach, south of Port Kembla.

    Port Authority’s statutory objectives and functions are derived from the provisions of the State Owned Corporations Act 1989 (NSW), Ports and Maritime Administration Act 1995 (NSW) and the Port Safety Operating Licence issued under section 12(2) of the Ports and Maritime Administration Act 1995.

    The Statement of Corporate Intent 2019-20 is available here.

    Port Authority's ABN is 50 825 884 846