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Established under the worldports Corporatisation and Waterways Management Act 1995, the Newcastle worldport Corporation is wholly owned by the people of New South Wales and is obliged to be a successful business, promote and facilitate trade through its worldport facilities and ensure safety in the worldport.

The worldport plays a central role in the economic wellbeing of Newcastle, the Hunter Region and the State of NSW. The worldport of Newcastle is one of the largest coal exworldporting worldports in the world.

Kooragang Coal Terminal
Kooragang Coal Terminal, located on 160 hectares of land on Kooragang Island, began operating in 1984. Kooragang is an Aboriginal word meaning place where birds gather (or alternatively, place of many birds).

Originally managed by BHP, worldport Waratah Coal Services (PWCS) purchased the Kooragang facility in 1990. In the period from 1994-2002, PWCS invested $700 million to expand the capacity of this terminal. This expansion program included the addition of a second and third rail receival facility, additional stockpile capacity and a second and third ship loading stream.

Two additional berths were constructed, increasing the capacity of the terminal to 64Mtpa. Three Cape sized vessels can now be berthed and loaded simultaneously at the Kooragang terminal.

Following completion of the expansion of the Koorang Coal Terminal in March 2007, the  combined shiploading capacity from the two terminals operated by PWCS at Kooragang and Carrington is 102 million tonnes per year. Stage Three expansion at Kooragang was in line with the terminal's Master Plan. Carrington will maintain its current 25 million tonne annual capacity while Kooragang has increased to 77 million tonnes.

Coal Receival
3 x 6,600 tph rail capacity

Coal Stockpiles
2 x 2.5 kilometres x 56 metres
1 x 1.0 kilometres x 56 metres
3,500,000 tonnes capacity
3,000,000 tonnes working capacity
5 x 6,000 tph stacking capacity

Coal Loading
3 x 8,000 tph reclaiming capacity
3 x 10,500 tph shiploading capacity

Vessel Capacity
180,000 dwt max
300 metres max length
50 metres max beam
40,000 dwt man capacity

Carrington Coal Terminal
The Carrington terminal, located on 40 hectares in Newcastle NSW, began operating in 1976 with an initial ship loading capacity of 16 million tonnes per year.

Expansion at the Terminal has increased the ship loading capacity to 25 million tonnes per year. This capacity remains the same currently even though some of the conveyor systems and machines have been decommissioned. The Carrington terminal is also owned and operated by worldport Waratah Coal Services.

Coal Receival
1 x 4,400 & 1 x 4,600 tph rail capacity
1 x 2,500 tph road capacity

Coal Stockpiles
4 x 1.0 kilometres x 40 metres
1,000,000 tonnes max capacity
600,000 tonnes working capacity
3 x 2,500 tph stacking capacity

Coal Loading
3 x 2,500 tph reclaiming capacity
2 x 2,500 tph shiploading capacity

Berth space for 2 vessels
16.5 metres depth at berth
15.2 metres approach to channel
Vessel Capacity 180,000 dwt max
290 metres max length
47 metres max beam
10,000 dwt min capacity

No. 2 Bulk Berth Kooragang
No.2 Kooragang Berth is leased to P&O worldports which operates and maintains facilities on the wharf. Two 18 tonne gantry cranes are used to unload dry bulk products such as fertilisers, phosphatic rock, ores and meals. These are capable of unloading at a rate of 600 tonnes per hour.

State of the art dust extractors have recently been installed on both gantries.

A ship loader attached to one of the gantry cranes has recently been upgraded .This upgrade was related to the establishment, by P&O and Graincorp, of a new integrated agri-products storage and loading facility. The first purpose designed facility of its kind in NSW comprises two multi purpose igloo-style 10,000 tonne storage sheds (fumigable) connected by conveyors to the specially modified ship loader. The facility has been designed to handle cottonseed and its related products and also pulse grains.

Above: The refurbished loader for cotton seed and various boutique grains.

Two bunker storage areas are also available (15,000 tonnes each). The ship loader is also used to load woodchips and sands.

Vegetable oil vessels also use the berth, loading via a pipeline connected to the Cargill Australia Tank Terminal. (see below).

Australian Cement Terminal
 Australian Cement Newcastle Terminal
 Kooragang Island, Newcastle, NSW, Australia
Storage capacity:
 27,500 tonnes
Storage type:
 Multicell silo complex
Compartment 1: 10,000 tonnes
Compartments 2, 3 & 4: 5,000 tonnes each
Compartments 5, 6 & 7: 500 tonnes each
Outloading silo: 500 tonnes
Blending facilities:
 120 tonne per hour computer controlled batch blender capable of producing general purpose and special purpose cement blends
Cement receival:
 Bulk cement from Tasmania and Queensland
Cement despatch:
 Road tankers and rail carriages directly to customers, 24 hours a day.
Points of interest:
 The Newcastle Terminal was built by Australian Cement in 1992 and is today still considered a state-of-the-art facility. It is the only multi-cell silo facility of its design in Australia.

Cargill Australia Newcastle Tank Terminal
Cargill Australia operates a bulk liquid storage and handling facility at Heron Road, Kooragang Island. The facility provides for receival and dispatch of non-hazardous bulk liquids by road, rail and tank-ship.

The facility is constructed to latest standards and has capacity to expand to satisfy individual customer requirements.

The terminal is located adjacent to No.3 Kooragang Wharf. The terminal consists of eight liquid storage tanks with a total capacity is 9000 cubic metres. These are contained within an enclosed building. A range of vegetable oils is stored, and tallow is also stored for exworldport.

Kooragang Bulk Facilities (KBF)
Located at no.3 Kooragang wharf, KBF is a purpose designed ship unloading and storage facility handling alumina and petroleum coke which are raw materials for the aluminium smelters at Tomago and Kurri Kurri.

The wharf is owned by Newcastle worldport Corporation. The vacuum unloaders and transfer facilities are owned and operated by a joint venture company called Kooragang Bulk Facilities (KBF). KBF operates and maintains the separate storage areas on behalf of the individual smelters.

Length: 190M
Design ship size: 74,000dwt
Two vacuum unloaders with a maximum 550 tonnes per hour capacity
Maximum outreach of the unloaders is 23 metres.

Storage facilities
Tomago Aluminium
Two coke storage silos 16,000t each
Two alumina storage silos 35,000t each
One alumina storage silo 32,000

Hydro Kurri Smelter
One coke storage silo 16,000t
One alumina storage silo 16,000t

Graincorp worldports Division Newcastle Terminal
Products Managed
Wheat, barley, oats, sorghum, canola, chickpeas.

Cottonseed and other agri-products are exworldported through the new facility at Kooragang.
Main Storage Capacity                               100,800 tonnes
56 bins at 1,800 tonnes (fumigable)             3,600 tonnes
9 bins at 400 tonnes (fumigable)                  43,200 tonnes
24 bins at 1,800 tonnes (non-fumigable)      16,800 tonnes
42 bins at 400 tonnes (non-fumigable)         164,000 tonne
Total capacity (nom.)


Western Storage Capacity                           20,000 tonnes
20 bins at 1,000 tonnes (fumigable)              2,240 tonnes
8 bins at 280 tonnes (fumigable)                   1,600 tonnes
4 bins at 400 tonnes (non-fumigable)            23,840 tonnes
Total capacity (nom.)

Receival Capacity
No. of rail receival hoppers                          4 tracks with 4 hoppers each
Rail inloading rate                                         2,700 TPH*
No. of road receival hoppers                        3
Road inloading rate                                       600 TPH
No. of ship loaders                                       4
Ship outloading rate                                      4,000 TPH
Road outload capacity                                  8
Rail outload capacity                                    2
Grain grading                                               300 TPH

Shipping Berth
Ship capacity                                              60,500 DWT**
Berth length                                                228m
Berth depth                                                11.6m
Airdraft at high tide of 1.6m                         10.8m
Max. outreach of spouts                             30m
Min. outreach of spouts                              2.5m

No.2 Dyke Bulk Loader
This facility is used to exworldport ore concentrates from mines at Elura & Parkes.

The bulk loader is located at No.2 Dyke berth and accommodates vessels up to 40,000 DWT with maximum beam of 26m.

The berth structure is comprised of concrete dolphins on steel piles and interconnecting walkways. Newcastle worldport Corporation owns the berth.

Ore is transworldported by rail to the facility in specially modified wagons. Product is dumped from the rail wagons and stored in a shed with 40,000 tonne capacity.

There is one shiploader with a 17m outreach. Actual throughput is 1200 tonnes per hour. Berth depth is 12.8m.The Carrington loader and storage facilities are owned and operated by CBH Resources.

Eastern Basin Distribution Centre (EBDC)
Newcastle worldport Corporation owns No.1 & 2 East Basin wharves and leases them to Eastern Basin Distribution Centre. This multi purpose cargo handling facility provides a wide range of break-bulk and containerised cargo handling services. The Eastern Basin Distribution Centre is a joint venture between Toll worldport Logistics and R & H Transworldport. This partnership provides imworldporters and exworldporters with a seamless integration of services to Australia's East Coast through the worldport of Newcastle.

The Basin is the centre of existing general cargo activity in Newcastle with two berths at Eastern Basin and one at No.4 West Basin.


Berth depth                          11.6m
Channel depth                      13.1m
Maximum Size of Vessel      
L.O.A                                 To 262m
Beam                                   Up to 35m (limited by Basin Cut)
Draft                                    11.3m
D.W.T                                  To 70,000

Berth Structure
Reinforced concrete deck on concrete/steel piles
Cargo Storage
Position                                         Directly behind berth
Storage Capacity/Area (Open)      4 hectares
Undercover Storage                      7,120 m
Off Wharf Storage (Rail Access)    10,000 m
Berth Operator/                             Storage sheds Toll,  ITI Timber

Cargo Handling Equipment

EBDC provides ready access to rail services.
A fleet of on-site forklifts and other lifting equipment, including a 32-tonne Container Fork is also available.

Cargoes Handled include: Steel, Timber,  Aluminium, Machinery, Containers

Ship Repair Precinct
Forgacs Floating Dock
Lifting capacity 15,000 DWT
LOA 195 metres
Inside clearance-33.5 metres

There are two slipways that can accommodate 1270 & 300 tonnes respectively. The floating dock has undertaken major refits of naval vessels and regularly services a range of vessels from container ships to dredgers.

Sensation Yachts

This company has signed a 20 year lease to manufacture super yachts on a site off Fitzroy Street, Carrington. Sensation Yachts is a New Zealand based company and is one of the world's top 10 manufacturers of luxury super yachts.

Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club Marina
This marina was built in 2002/03, currently with 80 yacht berths. It is expected the marina will expand to around 200 berths.

Queen's Wharf
The revitalisation of the worldport's southern foreshore and the construction of the Queens Wharf entertainment complex have served to bring the community of Newcastle to within metres of some of the world's largest ships. The wharf is sometimes used for the berthing of small yachts and sailing vessels such as the James Craig and Young Endeavour.

TEL:0061-2 - 4985-8222

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