Marine Operations

At our seven ports, we offer a range of shipping services.


Our services include pilotage, marine control, mooring and launch services, shipping infrastructure management, ship surveys and coordination of ship services, for example power, waste, water and tugs.  

We also provide pilotage for shipping at the Port Bonython Santos Terminal, Ardrossan and at the Port of Whyalla.

Operating hours

All port facilities owned and operated by Flinders Ports are open 24 hours a day, all year round.

Our clients and other stakeholders should note that Flinders Adelaide Container Terminal, the Container Terminal division of the Flinders Port Holdings group closes on Christmas Day (from 10pm on Christmas Eve and re-opens at 6am on Boxing Day). Depending on client requirements, Flinders Adelaide Container Terminal may also close on Good Friday.

Marine services

Flinders Ports has a dedicated, marine operations division staffed by highly trained marine operations specialists, who can offer your vessel a full range of services from arrival right through to departure.

Flinders Ports has a pilotage team available 24 hours each day all year round to help vessels safely navigate to their berth once they enter port waters.

Our marine pilots’ skill and local port knowledge ensure that ships arriving in port enter and depart port waters safely.

We require all marine pilots to hold a Master Class 1 Certificate of Competency. All pilots receive ongoing training and are subject to strict quality standards and monitoring. In marine pilotage, many safety lessons and protocols have been adopted from the airline sector. Pilots undergo training in Bridge Resource Management and Advanced Bridge Resource Management. Pilots must also complete ‘scaled ship model’ training, where emergency scenarios are practised using a ‘to scale’ vessel on water. Emergency drills and other training exercises are also regularly conducted on maritime simulators.


Once a vessel arrives alongside the berth, we deploy our highly skilled mooring team to ensure that the vessel is safely secured to a suitable wharf or jetty in the port.

Whenever a ship is scheduled to set sail, the mooring team makes sure that the mooring lines are removed from the wharf and retrieved by the ship.

FlindersPorts-132-mooring pic

Flinders Ports ship surveying services team are based at the Port of Whyalla in Upper Spencer Gulf.

Our expert team conducts inspections and surveys of marine vessels of any size including draft surveys, trim surveys, on/off hire conditional surveys, liquid cargo quantity surveys and hold cleanliness surveys. We can also provide surveys in all our regional ports on request.


Flinders Ports has expertise in certain aspects of the transhipment operations of iron-ore in Upper Spencer Gulf.

Through our Whyalla division we have a management role, providing the Loadmasters and surveying, load planning and vessel correspondence services for the iron-ore loading process. A Floating Offshore Transfer Barge (FOTB), two Self-Unloading Barges (SUBs) and a Transhipment Shuttle Vessel (CSL Whyalla) are used to tranship iron-ore onto Capesize vessels anchored around 8 nautical miles out in Spencer Gulf. We also provide labouring services within the transhipment operation.

FSGMS Transhipment photo

Flinders Ports collects and maintains a wide range of statistical data relating to vessel calls and bulk, break bulk and containerised cargo throughput at our ports.

We compile an annual summary report and monthly statistical reports, which are available to download in as PDF, or Excel files.

Would you like to request some statistical information from Flinders Ports? Send an email to outlining the purpose of the request and the information you are seeking. Information supplied by Flinders Ports is only permitted to be used for the stated purpose and cannot be made available to any third party without prior written permission from Flinders Ports

View our statistics for 2015

Port statistics PDF 2015

Port statistics Excel 2015

Standard definitions

We use a number of standard definitions in our statistical reports.


Container stowed with dry (non-refrigerated) cargo.


Refrigerated container.


Twenty foot Equivalent Unit. This is the general term used for a 20ft container. The nominal size of vessels is given in TEU and refers to the number of containers that can generally be carried.

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General cargoes carried in a freight container.


General cargoes carried in a ship which are shown on separate Bills of Lading.


Cargo shipped in loose condition and of a homogeneous nature e.g. grains, coal, iron ore.


Completely Knocked Down. Sometimes referred to as KDC (Knocked Down Condition) as well. Relates to Motor Vehicles.


A container which will need to be discharged, then reloaded onto vessel before it reaches it destination, so that shippers can access other containers on the vessel.

South Australia’s Gateway

With seven ports, Flinders Ports is South Australia's leading privately owned port operator.

Our ongoing program of investment in new plant and infrastructure is driving the safety and productivity gains we are delivering to our valued clients.

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P + 61 (0)8 8447 0611
F + 61 (0)8 8447 0606
E flindersports@

296 St Vincent Street, Port Adelaide South Australia, 5015

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