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Max. Size:  Breakbulk:  Depth 14.0 m. Containers:  LOA 308 m., depth 14.0 m. Passengers:  Depth 10.0 m. Ro-Ro:  Depth 14.0 m. Bulk:  LOA 308 m., draft 13.5 m. Tankers:  LOA 308 m., depth 14.3 m. Gas:  Depth 10.9 m.
Fuel:  Diesel and fuel oil.
Airport:  Brisbane Int'l, 8 km.
Repairs/Drydocks:  263 x 33.5 x 9.1 m., capacity 85,000 d.w.t.
Medical:  Facilities available.

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Brisbane was the last port of call in Australia.
Documents:  Customs will normally only board the ship at departure. Quarantine will not board the ship.
Sealed envelope from Customs in Sydney handed over. 2 copies of Crew List required.
If the vessel is going to Indonesia, Hong Kong or Singapore after Australia, the following forms should be faxed before departure:
Indonesia: Crew List to be faxed to first Indonesian port for pre-arrival clearance.
Hong Kong: Crew List to be faxed to Hong Kong for pre-arrival clearance (not possible with crew originating from communist countries). Also List of Ports of Call, copies of Registry, Safety Equipment, Safety Construction, Safety Radio, Load Line and Derat Certificates.
Singapore: Crew List to be faxed for pre-arrival clearance.
SHIPMASTER'S REPORT: August 1995 (Updated 2002) Vessel:  LPG carrier.
Cargo:  Ammonia and propane.
Charts:  AUS Charts No. 235, 236, 237 and 238.
Approach:  The prominent pinnacles of Glasshouse Mountains are unmistakable. Point Cartwright with its very conspicuous water tower stands out. Caloundra, 7 miles to south, with its many buildings, is also conspicuous.
Anchorage:  See AUS Chart No. 235. Anchorage is 4 n.m. SSE from Point Cartwright, outside port limits, if awaiting pilot/berth, in about 30 m. Very exposed and holding ground is poor, so best to steam in poor weather.
Inside Port Limits/Pilotage Waters: Lower end of Morton Bay clear of main shipping channel in varying depths from 12.0–27.0 m., about 3 n.m. NE of Mud Island.
STS transfers under pilotage also take place in this area.
Pilots:  VHF as per ALRS. Pilot boats as per AUS No. 235 from Mooloolaba Harbour, inside Point Cartwright, by fast cutter.
24-hour pilotage dependent on draft and tide. Pilot boards in all weathers, and a good lee is required.
One Pilot used throughout, about 4 hours to tanker berths.
Moreton Bay crossed at sea speed.
Red flashing light required for tankers (New regulations to be published).
Channel:  Moreton Bay Channel, about 36 n.m. in length from Beacon NW2 to entrance beacons of Brisbane River.
Controlling depth is 14.0 m., which is also maximum draft to Lytton Cutting, dependent on tide, squat and weather conditions.
Strong cross currents, particularly at Moreton Bay entrance. Good buoyage and lights.
Upriver from Lytton Cutting depths decrease. To Pinkenba Cutting Turning Basin (the upper limit for LPG tanks) depth is 9.1 m., generally 10.0 m. is maximum draft handled, dependent on tide.
Gas carriers generally do not proceed above Pinkenba Swinging Basin, which 9.1 m. dredged datum and 280 m. swinging circle.
Tugs:  Stationed at north end of Whyte Island off Lytton Rocks Cutting. Five tugs available from 42–62 ton BP, which includes two salvage tugs. Tug's lines used. Vessels bound for LPG/NH3 berths, met by tugs at Lytton Cutting.
Salvage tugs also do harbour towage.
Berths:  Three berths handle gas carriers, BP, Shell and Incitec for NH3 (Ammonia).
BP: Products berth on north side of river on Bulwer Island, about 8 miles upriver from Brisbane River Channel entrance.
Chiksans for products. Hoses for LPG.
Wooden construction with one mooring dolphin each end.
Pilots quote depth alongside as 10.7 m. (MLW).
Tanker type T-jetty. Out from river bank about 20 m. Good fenders.
Port or starboard side to. Generally Agents request ships head out – port side to (due to tug problems).
Length of fender landing is 80 m. Dolphin to dolphin 220 m.
Roadway about 25 m. from jetty face, which is nearest trucks can come.
Fresh water through meter.
Brow gangway available.
Moorings were 4 and 2 each end. One line boat operated by tug company. Mooring gang was good, but do not like wires. They will not handle breast wires at LW.
Use of aft store crane not possible.
Shell: 600 m. upriver from BP on North bank of river at Lytton. General products berth. No chiksans.
Same construction as BP. Fender length 80 m. Mooring dolphin either end, 205 m. apart.
Pilots quote depth alongside as 10.5 m. (MLW).
Accommodation ladder can be landed.
Either side to (generally port side to).
Tanker T-jetty stands out from river bank about 15 m.
Nearest roadway for trucks about 20 m. from jetty face.
Aft stores crane can just plumb.
Moorings and procedure same as BP.
Incitec – South: For NH3. Located at Pinkenba Swinging Basin, south side of river. Vessel can land accommodation ladder.
Flat face quay used for fertiliser loading. Fender length 150 m.
One mooring dolphin either side connected by catwalks to quay, 205 m. apart.
Quoted 10.5 m. alongside (MLW).
Fresh water available.
Vessels berth port or starboard side alongside, but generally starboard side to.
Terminal:  LPG at BP and Shell: Interconnected by 4 in. lines. Tanks from 100–1,000 m. from jetties.
LPG pressure storage discharge.
Three receivers in total (Boral, Gogas (Shell) and Elgas).
Boral is situated beside BP Terminal, whilst Gogas and Elgas are at the Shell terminal.
If discharging at BP, Boral can receive at 150 tonnes/hr. 7 bar BP.
Gogas and Elgas receive at 130 tonnes/hr. 15 bar BP.
If discharge at Shell, Boral receive at 140 tonnes/hr. 14 bar BP.
Gogas and Elgas receive at 170 tonnes/hr. 13 bar BP.
6 in. 300 ASA hose at both berths into 10 in. line.
Discharge restrictions regarding temperature apply at both berths. Vessel can discharge C3 (Propane) down to −30°C, but first and last 50 tonnes must be at ambient or warmer.
The jetty watchman at both berths provides vessel with walkie-talkie.
NH3 at Incitec – South: Loading warm product – protest.
Found oil carry over on cleaning after discharging in Taiwan.
It is best to load first and last 2 hours into same tank.
Rate: 230 tonnes/hr. at 0.5 bar BP. Shore hose 10 in. 150 ASA.
Customs:  If first port of entry inward, papers (on Australian forms) to be submitted via Agent by Fax at least 7 days beforehand. Failure to do this might delay vessel.
Papers required: Crew Report List (alphabetical order), Ship's Inward Cargo Report, Quarantine Declaration, Report of Ship's Stores, Ports of Call List, Ship's Report of Arrival.
On arrival, the additional papers are required: Crew Effects Declaration (Alphabetical order).
Customs generally fair and reasonable.
If sailing coastwise, Customs then issue Rider Envelope with all relevant documents plus Clearance to next port.
Customs also act for Immigration and sign crew on and off.
Telephone:  Payphone ashore at all berths.
Airport:  Brisbane International Airport on north side of river near BP and Shell berths. International and domestic flights available.
Chandler:  Several boarded.
Technical:  We found Heybridge Engineering very good for most engineering/technical matters. T: +61 (7) 3822 3400 (AOH), 3344 2460). Mobile +61 18 876628. F: +61 (7) 3344 3880.
Also Keppel Cairncross have recently reopened (together with drydock) on south side of river near Hamilton. T: +61 (7) 3227 0888. F: +61 (7) 3899 0879.
Bunkers:  Available ex-BP Jetty (IFO 180 at IFO 380 prices), or by barge.
Public Transport:  All berths about 7 miles from city. BP and Shell have no public transport facilities. Incitec (NH3) is 1 mile south of Hemmatt Railway Station with cheap trains into city.

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OVERVIEW:  Australia's third busiest port, comprising 28 operating berths and over 7,200 m. of dock line. The port is managed by Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd, and is a major container port.
Principal exports are bulk petroleum products, coal, cereals, meat, silica sand, iron and steel, tallow, cotton, woodchips, mineral ores, timber, paper and food. Imports include crude oil, industrial chemicals, machinery, cement, iron and steel, motor vehicles, gypsum, paper and pulp, food, oilseed and electrical equipment.
LOCATION:  On the east coast, on the western shore of Moreton Bay, 745 km. NNE of Sydney.
CHARTS:  AUS Charts No. 235, 236, 237, 238 and 814.
Publications:  BA Australia Pilot, Vol. 3, NP 15.
PORT LIMITS:  Bounded by a line between the following points:
  1. Lat. 26° 48′ S, Long. 153° 09′ E (Caloundra Head)
  2. Lat. 27° 02′ S, Long. 153° 28′ E (Cape Moreton) then following the shore of Moreton Island to;
  3. Lat. 27° 22′ S, Long. 153° 26′ E (Reeders Point)
  4. Lat. 27° 26′ S, Long. 153° 10′ E then encompassing the navigable waters of the…