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  • Across all its six port locations, Port Authority manages an array of statutory and non-statutory charges in accordance with the Ports and Maritime Administration Act 1995 and the Ports and Maritime Administration Regulation 2012.

    Applicable charges managed by Port Authority include navigation, pilotage, site occupation, wharfage and miscellaneous. These charges are different in each port and are levied to all commercial vessels, including cargo and passenger vessels, piloted fishing vessels, research vessels and piloted tugs.

    Port Location Applicable Charges
     Sydney Harbour  Navigation, Pilotage, Site Occupation, Wharfage and Miscellaneous
     Port Botany Navigation and Pilotage 
     Newcastle Pilotage 
     Port Kembla Pilotage 
    Port of Eden  Navigation, Pilotage, Site Occupation, Wharfage and Miscellaneous 
     Port of Yamba Navigation, Pilotage, Site Occupation, Wharfage and Miscellaneous  

    Click on a port to access the full list of statutory and non-statutory charges at that port. 

    Port Charges - FAQ

    I have arranged for a container to be imported into Port Botany. What charges will apply for this transaction?
    • Since 1 June 2013, Port Botany assets have been managed by a private entity under the name of NSW Ports, who is leasing this area from the NSW Government in a 99-year arrangement. 
    • NSW Ports provide charges to their customers in relation to the loading and unloading of container and non-container cargoes, and in some occasions for the time-base usage of specific berths. These customers are the major shipping lines. If you are a particular end-customer and not a major shipping line, you will need to get in touch with either a freight forwarder or shipping agent who will provide you details on the applicable charges, in relation to the container type and size, commodity and routing.
    I am a new shipping agent in the Bulk Liquids market who will be discharging oil on my client’s behalf at both Port Kembla and Gore Bay (Sydney Harbour). Which are the complete statutory fees that my company is likely to be charged?

    Since 1 June 2013, Port Kembla assets have been managed by a private entity under the name of NSW Ports, who is leasing this area from the NSW Government in a 99-year lease. On the other hand, the bulk liquids terminal at Gore Bay is owned by another private operator, Viva Energy. The charges to be levied to the vessel discharging bulk liquids for the proposed transaction will be a combination of charges, based on location and activities.  Here is it a break down:

    • Pilotage at Port Kembla is managed by Port Authority of New South Wales. 

    For any other operational fees occurring at Gore Bay, please contact Viva Energy.  

    Port Authority is happy to meet face-to-face with any new shipping agent and owner that wishes to better understand Port Authority’s operational charges to specific cargoes and locations. Please, contact Port Authority’s General Manager, Property & Commercial on mbaudinette@portauthoritynsw.com.au for further details.

    Are there any commercial vessels exempt from paying all or any of the statutory and miscellaneous charges managed by Port Authority in any of its port locations?

    No.

    The only vessels exempt from paying port charges are the Australian naval vessels. As per Clause 75, Division 8 and Part 5 of the Ports and Maritime Administration Act 1995 (PAMA), all statutory charges managed by Port Authority of New South Wales under any of the port locations of this state owned corporation do not apply to or in respect of a vessel belonging to the Defence Force of Australia, or its passengers or its cargo.

    I am a shipping agent representing a passenger vessel who has booked a slot vessel at Athol Buoy during the cruise peak season with the need to debarked all its passengers. Which are the applicable port charges to be levied?

    All Passenger Vessels arriving at any of the dedicated or non-dedicated passenger berths in Sydney Harbour are levied a combination of port charges, all compulsory. These are: navigation, pilotage, site occupation and miscellaneous charges. You can find all the standard rates for each individual charge here. However, and as per Port Authority’s Passenger Vessel Protocol, both Athol and Point Piper buoys are to be used on a case-by-case basis for transit calls only, and not for turn-around calls, as in this case.

    We encourage you to get in touch with the cruiseops@portauthoritynsw.com.au to discuss other operational alternatives to service your passenger vessel. This will provide a better indication on the overall charging  for this particular vessel movement.