Port Pirie is located 223 kilometres north of Adelaide at the top of Upper Spencer Gulf and has a population of 16,000 people.

Traditionally an industrial settlement, Port Pirie is home to the Nyrstar concentrate smelter, one of the largest smelters in the world.

Port Pirie is a tidal port with the geographic coordinates:

  • Latitude 33 degrees 10 minutes south
  • Longitude 138 degrees 01 minutes east

Communications on VHF radio telephonic channels, 6, 8, 12, 16, 67, are with the call sign “Adelaide VTS”.

Flinders Ports’ Port Pirie Port Rules apply to all shipping in port waters. Please ensure you and your ship’s Captain and crew are familiar with these rules before arriving or setting off from Port Pirie.

Port Pirie – Port Rules

Berth Load Limits

Principal Commodities

  • Mineral concentrates
  • Mineral by-products
  • Coal
  • General Cargo

Berth Information

The shipping restrictions for vessels calling at Port Pirie are:

  • Channel restrictions for the 9 nautical mile long channel into Port Pirie Harbour are a minimum depth of 6.4 metres and a maximum width of 90 metres.
  • The swing basin in Port Pirie is off berth 6 and has a diameter of 325 metres.
Berth IDPOA Declared Depth
Wharf - Hard StandWharf - Height
Berth Box - Length
Berth Box - Breadth
Max Vessel Dimensions - LOA
Max Vessel Dimensions - Beam
Axle Load**Commodities
PPI 28.21374.81903018528No vehicle access-
PPI 45.810444.810725--20 tonnesTug berth
PPI 58.210444.8198301852820 tonnesGeneral Cargoes
PPI 68.210444.8183301852820 tonnesOres / Concentrates
PPI 78.210444.8145301852820 tonnesGeneral / container
PPI 88.210444.8180301852820 tonnesOres / Concentrates
PPI 98.210444.8180301852820 tonnesOres / Concentrates / Coal
PPI 108.210444.8158301852820 tonnesBulk imports

*Allowable depths are a minimum of 0.3 metres less than the declared depth. Please check notices to mariners for temporary limitations.

** Please contact Flinders Ports for all crane lifts and loads, non-standard vehicles and access requests for loads heavier than those prescribed.

For more information about Port Pirie, please call the Port Manager on +61 (0)8 8632 1455.