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Australian Pilot volume 1, p125-130
Charts: AUS 130, AUS 137, AUS 138, AUS 780, AUS 345, AUS 444, AUS 781
Vertical Datum: LAT
Horizontal Datum WGS84
Latitude 34 degrees, 51 minutes South
Longitude 138 degrees, 30 minutes East
Inner Harbour ; Outer Harbor ; Container Terminal

Located just 14 kilometres northwest of the State's capital city of Adelaide, Port Adelaide is a sea port city and the historic maritime heart of South Australia. The Port was one of South Australia's earliest settlements and represents South Australia's first State Heritage area.

Today, Port Adelaide continues to be the main service point for shipping in the State. Positioned at the centre of Australia's southern coast, the port provides South Australia with a gateway to the world as the State continues to enjoy a significant increase in export activity with booms in the shipment of grains, wine, motor vehicles and automotive components, ores and concentrates.

The Port of Adelaide consists of an Inner and Outer Harbor, complete with over 20 wharves including the Flinders Adelaide Container Terminal.

To view map imagery of the Inner and Outer Harbor of Port Adelaide follow the link below.

Port of Adelaide Map
Photo courtesy of Mapland, Department for Environment and Heritage

During 2012/2013, 15.17 million tonnes of cargo was moved through the Port of Adelaide, with 10.37 million tonnes imported/exported to overseas markets.

2.43 million tonnes of petroleum was imported during 2012/2013.

Primary Export destinations include the Middle East, North Asia and South East Asia. Primary Import origins include the US, North Asia and South East Asia.

Port Adelaide can provide flexibility with regard to infrastructure development, as well as facilitating cost-effective cargo movements with fewer delays. The port is recognised for its excellent track record of container terminal efficiency and continues to maintain good working relationships with port service providers.

Further information about the availability and use of facilities in Port Adelaide can be found in the Port Rules which must be used in conjunction with the Port Facilities and Port Services Guide.

Principal Commodities Handled

  • Grains & Seeds
  • Limestone
  • Petroleum Products
  • Soda Ash
  • Motor Vehicles
  • Containers
  • Metals & Metal Scrap
  • Cement / Cement Clinker
  • Fertilisers
  • Logs
  • Agricultural Commodities
  • Iron & Steel
  • Livestock
  • Break-bulk and general cargoes
  • Mineral Sands
  • Mineral Concentrates

Inner Harbour

The inner harbour caters for roll-on roll-off and bulk cargoes including exports of meat, grains, flour, malt, fruit, wool, cement clinker, iron and steel scrap, tallow, soda ash, non-ferrous metals and a wide variety of manufactured products.

Excellent facilities are also provided for the import trade of timber, sulphur, refined petroleum, paper and paper products, fertiliser, iron and steel, and motor vehicles and components.

Berth information

To view aerial photography of the Inner Harbour follow the link below;

Inner Harbour Aerial Photograph
Photograph courtesy of Brenton Pegler, Hawk Eye Photography.

Outer Harbor

There are seven berths at Outer Harbor and each one is equipped to handle specialised cargo. The motor vehicle terminal manages roll-on roll-off trade and other facilities cater for livestock and general cargo.

The Flinders Adelaide Container Terminal, located at Outer Harbor, provides customers with state-of-the-art facilities and services ensuring the fast turnaround and efficient movement of goods. Intermodal facilities are provided, integrating the container terminal with the national rail and road system, enabling the efficient transfer of cargo.

Berth information

To view aerial photography of the Outer Harbor follow the link below;

Outer Harbor Aerial Photograph
Photograph courtesy of Brenton Pegler, Hawk Eye Photography.

Flinders Adelaide Container Terminal

Location: Outer Harbor Berths 6 and 7

Operational Facilities

  • 505m Swinging Basin
  • Container handling capacity - approx. 260,000 lifts/year
  • Quay length 649m with a crane coverage of 620m
  • Terminal space - 23.5 hectares
  • Warehouse on dock - 3000 square metres
  • 18 Straddle Carriers
  • 2 Reach Stacker
  • 10 Forklifts (includes small forks of 4T SWL)
  • 1 Heavy Forklift
  • Reefer Plugs - 318 x 440 volt 3 phase dual Wilco/C-Form plugs
  • Two 640m long dual gauge (broad and standard) tracks to accommodate trains up to 1280m in length linked directly with the national rail network for intermodal container traffic.

Mechanical Cargo Handling Equipment

The Flinders Adelaide Container Terminal has four travelling single-lift container handling cranes.

Manufacturer; Deer Park Engineering
Maximum Lift; Spreader - 46t, Hook - 60t
Maximum Outreach from the Wharf Edge; 35m

Manufacturer; Boral Johns Perry
Maximum Lift; Spreader - 36t, Hook - 46t
Maximum Outreach from the Wharf Edge: 32.9m

Manufacturer; Mitsui/Paceco
Maximum Lift; Spreader - 40t, Hook- N/A
Maximum Outreach from the Wharf Edge: 31.6m

Manufacturer; ZPMC
Maximum Lift; Spreader - 65t, Hook - 75t on Beam
Maximum Outreach from the Wharf Edge: 50m

Hours of operation

Ship exchange 0600-1400, 1400-2200 and 2200-0600
Gate receival/delivery Monday to Friday 0600-2200.


Flinders Adelaide Container Terminal
ACN 004 898 828
Berth 6, Coghlan Road, Outer Harbor SA 5018
PO Box 19, Port Adelaide 5015
Telephone +61 8 8248 9300
Facsimile +61 8 8248 9370
Email: marine.adelaide@flindersact.com.au