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Sydney Harbour
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  • Sydney’s world-famous deep-water harbour

    Sydney’s world-famous deep-water harbour is one of the busiest waterways in Australia. Once the main entry point for all the city’s cargo before the development of Port Botany, Sydney remains a working port to this day. The berths at Glebe Island and White Bay have been a working port for over 100 years and are still a vital maritime supply route for bringing critical supplies to the heart of the city.

    Port Authority’s role is to ensure the safe navigation and berthing of commercial vessels in the harbour. Around 1200 large commercial ships move through Sydney Harbour each year, sharing the water with thousands of recreational vessels.

    Each ship is guided safely through the harbour with the skill of Port Authority’s marine pilots. Sydney has had a dedicated marine pilotage service for over 225 years and today, the city’s marine pilots make over 4000 transfers to ocean-going vessels a year.

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    Berths, Channels and Promulgated Depths

    Berth and channel information and promulgated depths by the Harbour Master are found in the Berths and channels document. Information such as Berth box sizes and the most recent survey date are provided within a controlled document.

    Port Charges

    There are applicable statutory and non-statutory charges at Sydney Harbour. Such charges are levied to all commercial vessels, including cargo and passenger vessels, piloted fishing vessels, research vessels and piloted tugs.

    These charges include Navigation, Pilotage, Site Occupation, Wharf, Mooring Fee and Miscellaneous Charges for Passenger/Non-Passenger vessels. 

    Dangerous Goods Lookup

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    Packing Group Packing Group I Packing Group II Packing Group III Class
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    General Rules for Red Line Classification:
    Nominated Red Line Cargo – 2 hours dwell period on the wharf.

    General Rules for Amber Line Classification:
    Nominated Amber Line Cargo – 12 hours dwell period on the wharf.
    1) Must be more than 500kgs of the product.
    2) Be a certain class of dangerous goods.
    3) Must be a Packaging Group I.
    4) Ammonium Nitrate – UN 1942, 2067, 2426, 3375
    5) Calcium Hypochlorite Un 1748, 2880, 3485, 3487
    6) And Class 1.4
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