Navigation

Under the Transport Operations (Marine Safety) Act 1994, control of navigation in the port is the responsibility of the Regional Harbour Master, an officer of Maritime Safety Queensland.

Vessel Traffic Services, a division of Maritime Safety Queensland, is responsible for shipping movements in the pilotage area and operates 24 hours a day.

If you require any information regarding ships, ports or other maritime matters, visit the Maritime Safety Queensland website at www.msq.qld.gov.au

Access to the port is via Moreton Bay where deep-water channels are a minimum 280m wide from Fairway Beacons (FWB) to Entrance Beacons, and the minimum depth is 15.0m LAT (Lowest Astronomical Tide). Pilotage is compulsory for ships over 50m Length Overall (LOA). All ships of 35m LOA and over must report their movements to Port Control.

Minimum under keel clearances (UKC) for Moreton Bay vary according to the vessel's draft and the route taken. Tidal windows are calculated using the DUKC (Dynamic Under Keel Clearance) system.

If a tanker's or bulk carrier's draft exceeds 12.5m or a container ship's draft exceeds 12.0m, then a tidal window will be calculated. 

The Brisbane River is dredged to 9.1m LAT upstream of the Fisherman Islands swing basin and a minimum UKC of 0.6m is required. This UKC increases with draft. Minimum UKC alongside any wharf is 0.3m. UKC windows for both the bay and river can be obtained from Brisbane Port Control.

Port Navigation Dimensions

Reach/Channel (Deep Water)

DECLARED DEPTH (m/LAT) WIDTH (m)
North West Channel 15.0 280
Spitfire Channel 15.0 590
East Channel E3-E5 15.0 300
Main & Bay Crossing (E5 to entrance beacons - deep water) 14.7 300
Bar Cutting (river entrance) 14.0 180
Pelican Banks Cutting to Hamilton Reach 9.1 120
Swing Basin   (excl. adjacent berth) (incl. adjacent berth)
Fisherman Islands 14.0 492.8 592.8
Lytton & Quarantine 9.1   255.1 290.1
Pinkenba 9.1 331.1 401.1
Hamilton 9.1   397.7