The Port of Brisbane Corporation is a government-owned enterprise that manages and operates the third busiest container port in Australia. The Corporation was established by law in 1976 and incorporated in 1994. In 2007, the Port of Brisbane Corporation was listed with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission. Today, the Corporation is a publicly-owned entity that operates as a competitive commercial organization.
The Port of Brisbane Corporation is tasked with developing sustainable trade that increases the returns to shareholders and the satisfaction of stakeholders by increasing port efficiency, promoting investments, applying effective planning and management principles, securing the port, providing a world-class infrastructure, and adhering to its corporate values in the Port of Brisbane.
In the 2007-2008 shipping season, the Port of Brisbane welcomed 2618 vessels carrying more than three million tons of cargo, including over 1.6 million tons of imports, almost 1.4 million tons of exports, and 123.6 thousand tons of transshipments. The Port of Brisbane container traffic of 864.3 thousand tons in 95 thousand TEUs included 46.9 thousand TEUs of imports and 48.1 thousand TEUs of exports.
The major imports included crude oil (613.6 thousand tons), cement (235.8 thousand tons), refined oil (167.4 thousand tons), and retail goods (133.0 thousand tons) as well a smaller volumes of iron and steel, building products, timber, fertilizers and chemicals, paper and wood pulp, and motor vehicles. Major export cargoes included coal (489.5 thousand tons) and refined oil (162.2 thousand tons) as well as smaller volumes of cereals, cotton, meat products, iron and steel, timber, and woodchips.
The Port of Brisbane contains 27 berths with a total length of more than 7.7 meters at both the Port of Brisbane main location and at upriver facilities. The Port of Brisbane includes six berths that handle containers, five berths for oil, and five for general cargo and motor vehicles. The Port of Brisbane also contains two berths handling chemicals and fertilizers, two for liquid bulk cargoes, and two fit-out berths at the Forgacs Cairncross docks. The Port of Brisbane contains one berth for each of the following cargoes: grain, woodchips, and cottonseed; grain, dry bulk, and general cargo; clinker; coal and clinker; sugar, and cruise vessels.
The Port of Brisbane's container terminals have six berths with a total length of 1437 meters. The terminals are leased by two national stevedoring firms. DP World Brisbane operates Berths 4 through 6 with ample cargo-handling equipment that includes several Panamax, post-Panamax, and super post-Panamax gantry cranes. Patrick operates Berths 7 through 9. The Port of Brisbane Corporation owns the wharves and provides for the majority of fixed improvements at the container terminals.
The Port of Brisbane's general cargo wharves have a total length of 697 meters, and they handle breakbulk and roll-on/roll-off cargoes, containers, and motor vehicles. AAT leases and manages the Berths 1 through 3 and manages the receipt and delivery of cargoes. The grain berth at the general cargo wharves has been extended by 50 meters in order to serve pure car carrier vessels when needed.
The Dry Bulk Terminals at the Port of Brisbane have some wharf facilities dedicated to specific users and others that are shared wharves. The facilities include a coal terminal; a terminal for grain, cottonseed, and sugar; a cement/clinker plant; a terminal for woodchips; the Pinkenba bulk terminal; the Pinkenba and Gibson Island fertilizer/chemical plant; a dedicated sugar terminal; the Bulwer Island cement/clinker plant; and the Hamilton/Maritime wharves.
Liquid bulk facilities at the Port of Brisbane include berths for crude oil or refined products. The Port of Brisbane has two oil refineries, each of which have a crude oil berth used for imports and a products berth for exporting refined products. The Neumann and Shell Petroleum Terminals also handle refined petroleum products through the Port of Brisbane. The Pinkenba and Hamilton facilities handle animal and vegetable oils and chemicals.
The Port of Brisbane Corporation manages several boat harbors in the area and several public marine facilities.
The Port of Brisbane Multi-modal Terminal (BMT) provides the interface between the port's container terminals and the country's road and rail networks. Located behind the container terminals, the BMT moves large volumes of cargo through the port via the QR National and Pacific National railroads that connect the Port of Brisbane to important regional centers in Queensland and to the Ports of Sydney and Melbourne.