Port of Portland:  02:26:09 Tue 21/09/2021

Shipping Services


Average pilotage time is about one and a half hours and is compulsory for all vessels over 35 metres long. The pilotage service is available 24-hours a day and can be engaged by prior arrangement through the vessel’s agent.


Towage services at Portland are owned and operated by Port of Portland. Tugs in service are Cape Nelson and Cape Grant, which are both twin screw with omni-directional propulsion and a bollard pull of 36 tonnes.
Please click on the following link to view the Standard Conditions for Towage:

Standard Conditions for Towage

Standard Conditions for Towage

Tug Utilisation

The table below provides a guideline for minimum requirements for tug utilisation. Determination of number of tug(s) utilised by an individual Pilot will be subject to weather conditions and vessel type/characteristics, windage and displacement.

BerthHead InHead Out
K.S.A. No. 122
K.S.A. No. 222*
No. 5 Berth22
No. 6 Berth22
Smelter Berth22
* Arriving K.S.A. No. 2:
  • K.S.A. No. 1 and No. 5 Berth occupied: 2 tugs and suitable bow thruster.
BerthHead InHead Out
K.S.A. No. 122
K.S.A. No. 221 or 2*
No. 5 Berth21
No. 6 Berth22
Smelter Berth21
* Departing K.S.A 2:
  • K.S.A. No. 1 / No. 5 Berth not occupied: 1 tug or a suitable bow thruster.
  • K.S.A. No. 1 occupied: 1 tug or suitable bow thruster if sufficient distance between the vessels at K.S.A. No. 1 and K.S.A. No. 2.
  • No. 5 Berth occupied: 1 tug or a suitable bow thruster.
  • K.S.A. No. 1 and No. 5 Berth: 1 tug and suitable bow thruster or 2 tugs if no bow thruster.

Remarks: A bow thruster may count as 1 tug, weather permitting and vessel displacement/bow thruster power ratio being favourable.
Always check with the Duty Pilot beforehand.


Port of Portland has skilled personnel who can provide mooring and unmooring services to all vessels.


Stevedoring services are provided by Qube Ports and Port of Portland, which have well-trained workforces that are experienced at handling bulk and break-bulk cargoes.
Hours of work are 0800 to 1500, 1500 to 2200, and 2300 to 0600 or by arrangement.

For stevedoring quotes:

Qube Ports
Phone: (03) 5521 7775
Fax: (03) 5521 7799
PO Box 834 Portland, VIC 3305

Port of Portland
Phone: (03) 5525 0900
Fax: (03) 5521 7488
PO Box 292 Portland, VIC 3305

Fresh Water Supply

Fresh water is available at all berths with loading rates of up to 160 tonnes per hour on No. 5 and No. 6 Berths, 80 tonnes per hour on No. 1 and No. 2 Berths and 30 tonnes per hour on the Smelter Berth.