Fremantle Ports, a Western Australian government trading enterprise, is responsible for managing Fremantle Port, the busiest and biggest port for general cargo in Western Australia. The port consists of the Fremantle Inner Harbor and the Outer Harbor which is about 20 kilometers to the south at Kwinana. Fremantle Port handles about 28 billion tons of cargo each year, representing $24 billion in trade. Fremantle Port is frequently the first, or the last, port of call for overseas vessels.
Fremantle Port’s Inner Harbor handles most of the port’s container trade, naval and cruise visits, and imports of vehicles and livestock. The Outer Harbor at Kwinana is an important bulk-handling port for all of Australia.
Fremantle Port’s Outer Harbor (at Kwinana) is an important bulk cargo port that handles fertilizers, sulphur, and bulk liquids. The Kwinana Bulk Terminal serves ships in loading/unloading cement clinker, liquefied petroleum gas, and silica. Both Fremantle’s North Quay and the Kwinana Quay are linked by rail to the country’s rail networks.
Fremantle Port covers about 155 hectares of land in the Inner Harbor and 57 hectares in the Outer Harbor. The Inner Harbor includes Victoria Quay, North Quay, and the Rous Head Industrial Park. The largest, North Quay, contains two container terminals and several general cargo berths used for breakbulk and liquid bulk cargoes. North Quay also has 811 meters of common-user wharf with four heavy-duty berths with a depth of 11 meters and good road access.
Victoria Quay berths are used for handling general and breakbulk cargo, and one berth is dedicated for tugs. It handles vehicle imports, livestock exports, and cruise shipping. Victoria Quay’s western end is accessible to the public and includes a ferry terminal, a market, and the Maritime Museum. The industrial estate at Rous Head was created on reclaimed land that is now used for marine and port-related industries.