Sea Transport is critical to Australia as an island nation. It links our products to overseas markets and allows us access to goods produced elsewhere. In fact, 99% of Australia’s international exports and imports travel via sea.
With a strong mining sector in Western Australia, it is not surprising that the state’s top sea exports are minerals (particularly iron ore) by both volume and value. Other significant exports include mineral fuels, grains, petrochemical products, wood and animals/animal products including meat. Western Australia’s largest sea import by both volume and value is building materials. Other top imports follow nation-wide trends being consumer in nature.
The importance of sea transport to Australia is being recognised through major port infrastructure upgrades across the country. This includes channel deepening in Adelaide and Melbourne, and the building of a new container terminal in Sydney.
- Western Australian Sea Freight and Ports Information and Services with details on individual Port Authorities, Coastal Data, Facilities and Vessels.
- Western Australian Marine Information. Information about the marine, boating and coastal services of the Department of Transport.
- Western Australian Commercial Vessel Safety. Find out about your responsibilities for the safety of your commercial vessels.
- Western Australian Metro Freight Network aims to identify and protect the metropolitan freight road and rail network as well as minimise the adverse impact of freight transport noise on adjacent development.
- Albany Port Authority Located on the north shore of Princess Royal Harbour,with port waters and seabed extending throughout Princess Royal Harbour and King George Sound
- Bunbury Port Authority The Port is a pivot point for world wide distribution of products from the South West of Australia. Rail and road links enable the Port to capitalise on cargo throughput.
- Broome Port Authority The principal deepwater port servicing Western Australia's Kimberley region. The Port supports livestock export, offshore oil and gas exploration supply vessels, pearling, fishing charter boats, cruise liners and is the main fuel and container receival point for the region.
- Dampier Port Authority The Port of Dampier continues to be one of the largest bulk export ports in the world. Exports include iron ore, salt, liquefied natural gas, liquefied petroleum gas, condensate, anhydrous ammonia and general cargo.
- Esperance Port Authority The Port is the largest nickel concentrate exporting port in the southern hemisphere and is the gateway to world markets for Australia’s principal nickel mining region.
- Fremantle Ports The port is the State’s biggest general cargo port and Australia's fourth largest container port.
- Geraldton Port Authority Geraldton Port has created somewhat of a niche market for the export of iron ore in smaller ships to shallow draft ports in China. The proximity of Geraldton to Asia has also made the Port and attractive option for exporters.
- Port Hedland Port Authority is built to support the world. state of the art facilities. Ensuring all operations run smoothly and on time, every time.
- WA Department of Transport Coastal Data and Charts Find data and charts about the Western Australian coastline and surrounding waters, as well as camera views and boating guides.
- Quarantine Requirements for Coastal Cargo in Western Australia From the WA Department of Agriculture and Food with information for For Freight Forwarders, Agents and Consignors.
- Western Australian Ports Handbook 2013 with summaries of the 8 state ports, and state figures for imports and exports.
- 2012 Review of Western Australian Ports As part of the Ports Review, the Department of Transport updated the 1995 Role of Ports in Western Australia paper to reflect the current priorities, roles and responsibilities for port authorities, stakeholders and port customers.
- North West Inbound Freight Movements: A Consultancy to Identify the Potential for a Partial Shipping Solution The study encompassed several significant considerations, namely around viability, support requirements, and capacity to alleviate pressure on road networks; it found there is a prima facie case for supporting a coastal shipping service to play a greater role in the Pilbara inbound logistics task.
- Australian Sea Freight 2011-2012 (Published 2013) This is the latest in a series of BITRE reports that presents statistics on maritime freight in Australia and shows the trend of Australian sea freight over the most recent ten years.
- Western Australia Marine Information. Contains marine safety advice prepared by WA's Department of Transport.
- Western Australian Commercial Vessel Safety Find out about your responsibilities for the safety of your commercial vessels.
- Australian Transport Safety Bureau’s Australian Shipping Occurrence Statistics 2005 to 2012 The aim of this report is to provide participants in the shipping industry and other interested parties with information on what accidents and incidents have happened, how often they have happened, and what can be learnt from them.
- Freight and Logistics Council of WA The objective of the Council is to be a forum for industry decision-makers to talk with Government policy-makers at a senior level about supply chain efficiency.
- Australian Marine Sciences Association (AMSA) Western Australia is a national non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting marine science and coordinating discussion and debate of marine issues in Australia.