Port Adelaide

Located 14 kilometres north-west of Adelaide, Port Adelaide is the seaport suburb of South Australia’s state capital.

Port Adelaide

Founded 175 years ago, Port Adelaide is one of South Australia’s earliest settlements and became South Australia’s first state heritage area in the 1980s.

Port Adelaide is a tidal port with the geographic coordinates:

  • Latitude 34 degrees 51 minutes south
  • Longitude 138 degrees 30 minutes east


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

Flinders Ports’ Port Adelaide 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 departing from Port Adelaide.

Master Port Rules

Port Adelaide – Port Rules


Small boats should steer


Principal commodities

As the main maritime gateway for South Australia, Port Adelaide handles a diverse range of inbound and outbound cargoes which include:

  • Grains and seeds
  • Limestone
  • Petroleum products
  • Motor vehicles
  • Metals and scrap metal
  • Cement and cement clinker
  • Fertilisers
  • Agricultural commodities
  • Iron-ore, iron and steel
  • Break-bulk and general cargo
  • Mineral sands
  • Mineral concentrates
  • Containers

Port Adelaide has several berths at its Inner Harbour and Outer Harbor locations. 

As the owner and operator of the Port of Adelaide, Flinders Ports is responsible for maintaining these berths to meet the needs of our shipping clients.


Principal dimensions (in metres) by berth location

Berth IDPOA Declared Depth
Wharf - Hard Stand
(square metres)
Wharf - Height
Berth Box - Length
Berth Box - Breadth
Max Vessel Dimensions - LOA
Max Vessel Dimensions - Beam
Axle Load**Commodities
ADL IH 1810.05094.61783020632.2620 tonnesFertilisers / Scrap metal / Steel / Textiles / Acids / Soda Ash
ADL IH 1910.05094.61683020632.2650 tonnesFertilisers / Scrap metal / Steel / Textiles / Forestry products / Soda Ash
ADL IH 2010.05094.61633020632.2650 tonnesFertilisers / Scrap metal / Steel / Textiles / Forestry products / Soda Ash
ADL IH 258.51254.42403517032.2650 tonnesStores / lay-up. ADL IH 25 is not a security regulated berth or Biosecurity listed import facility.
ADL IH 2710.91424.62043020632.2620 tonnesGrains & seeds
ADL IH 2910.01694.42453020632.2650 tonnesMineral sands / Livestock / Sulphur / Fertilisers / Scrap metal
ADL IH H11.2NA4.43043020632.266.5 tonnesCement / Cement clinker
ADL IH K7.5564.417026120-9 tonnesLimestone
ADL IH M10.7NA4.42183520632.26No vehicle accessPetroleum products
ADL IH N8.7NA4.310025140-2.5 tonnesBulk liquid
ADL OSB 47.52214.612030120--This Berth is not in use.
ADL OSB 1101854.42453518532.2620 tonnesAcid / Break bulk / General cargoes / Grain / Cement
ADL OH 111.54325.618530300498 - 50 tonnesGeneral cargo / lay-up
ADL OH 211.24325.418330300498 - 12 tonnesPassenger Terminal / Motor vehicles
ADL OH 311.24325.76430300498 - 100 tonnesMotor vehicles
ADL OH 413.83005.730050300490 - 100 tonnesPetroleum products / Motor vehicles
ADL OH 614.26605.330040300498 - 50 tonnesContainers
ADL OH 714.26605.3323403004930 - 50 tonnesContainers / Ores
ADL OH 816.22295.33205030049-Grains & seeds
*Allowable depths are a minimum of 0.3 metres less than the declared depth. Please check notices to mariners for temporary limitations.

Notices to Mariners

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

Load Limitations Guidelines

Note: For further information about Port Adelaide’s Inner Harbour and Outer Harbor berths including the latest depths in the channel or berths please contact Adelaide Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) on +61 (0)8 8447 0623

The Port of Adelaide includes our facilities at both Inner Harbour and Outer Harbor. Our aerial map shows the location of each berth and the commodities handled.

To download a copy of the berth map, please click on the link below.

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Since October 2016, BP Australia has had a new pipeline facility at N Berth, located in Port Adelaide’s Inner Harbour.

  • Port:  Port Adelaide
  • Supply Point: BP Largs North Terminal
  • Berth: N only
  • Draft: 8 metres
  • Flow rate: 130 cbms / per hour
  • Operating hours: daylight hours (interim)
  • Contractor / third party: Australian Terminals Operations Management (ATOM)
  • Other: vessels up to 120 metres in length

For more information visit our Port Service Providers Directory and view Bunkering services




The ship limitations for vessels calling at Port Adelaide’s Inner Harbour berths 18-29, H, K, M, N and Osborne berths are:

  • Maximum length overall – 206 metres
  • Maximum beam – 32.2 metres
  • Maintained depth, below lowest astronomical tide – 9.3 metres
  • Mean high spring tides – 2.4 metres
  • Mean high neap tides – 1.3 metres


Swing basin

A swing basin is situated just south of Inner Harbour Berth 27 which has a diameter of 330 metres.

FlindersPorts-197.view of Inner Harbour

The ship limitations for vessels calling at Port Adelaide’s Outer Harbor berths OH 1 to OH 8 are:

  • Maximum length overall – 350 metres
  • Maximum beam – 49 metres
  • Maintained depth, below lowest astronomical tide – 14.2 metres
  • Mean high spring tides – 2.4 metres
  • Mean high neap tides – 1.3 metres


Swing basins

Outer Harbor has two swing basins:

  • Opposite the OH 2 Passenger Terminal – a diameter of 400 metres.
  • Opposite OH 6 – a diameter of 505 metres

port adelaide outer harbour

In April 2014, Flinders Ports and industry partner Caltex officially opened a brand new common-user fuel berth facility at Outer Harbor 4.

Capable of handling both medium range (MR) and long range (LR) fuel tankers, the facilities are fully compliant with Australian Standards and International Safety Guide for Oil Tankers and Terminals (ISGOTT).

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Ship limitations for vessels calling at the Outer Harbor 4 Fuel Berth:

  • Maximum length overall – 300 metres
  • Maximum beam – 36 metres
  • Maximum vessel displacement 85,500 tonnes

Flinders Adelaide Container Terminal located at Outer Harbor Berths 6 and 7, is South Australia’s only container terminal facility and has a total quay length of 660 metres.

With seven direct shipping services linking South Australia to international markets, Flinders Adelaide Container Terminal is a well-equipped, modern facility which has a focus on safety and innovation.

Linked to the national rail network, the facility has three post-panamax cranes, 22 straddle carriers and a selection of forklifts and reachstackers.  Visit Flinders Adelaide Container Terminal’s new website for more information.

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fact at outer harbour 6&7

Outer Harbor Berth 8 is a dedicated grain loading wharf operated by Viterra. 

It is capable of handling Panamax size dry bulk vessels.


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Grain vessel loading at Port Adelaide OH8

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