Asset Management Policy Statement
Darwin Port (DP) is committed to maximising value whilst delivering better performance for our customers through the effective management of our assets. This asset management policy provides a framework for the continual improvement of asset management practices through the application of formal asset management strategies, supported by systematic review and feedback processes.
East Arm Wharf
East Arm Wharf (EAW) is a multi-user facility with 4 berths spaced along 865 metres of quay line. Berths 1 and 3 are primarily used for general cargo, containers, motor vehicles and livestock.
Berth 2 is used for bulk ore exports and has a rail mounted dry bulk ship loader. Dry bulk imports, such as slag and gypsum, can be handled at any EAW berth. Berth 4 is primarily used for bulk liquids and has a dedicated bulk liquids transfer facility.
The continuous length of wharf facilitates flexibility in berth allocations to visiting ships.
Heavy lift operation can occur at EAW following consultation with Darwin Port.
Cargo handling activities are undertaken by either of the two stevedore service providers operating at EAW, LINX Stevedoring and QUBE Ports. Cargo transfers are commonly performed by mobile harbour cranes operated by the stevedores.
Bulk Minerals Capability
EAW has a rail mounted bulk minerals ship loader with a maximum capacity of 2,000 tonnes per hour. Bulk minerals, such as iron ore and manganese, are transferred from rail wagons to the stockpile areas using a dedicated rail dump and conveyor systems. The minerals are transported by truck from the stockpiles to the ship loader truck dump for loading onto bulk carriers.
Fort Hill Wharf
Fort Hill Wharf (FHW) has a total quay length of 300 metres, with a natural deep water berth located just minutes from the central business district. The facility includes a passenger terminal with ability to accommodate offshore international passenger processing. FHW is primarily used for cruise and naval vessel visits and small non-cargo carrying vessels. FHW can accommodate ships up to 350 metres overall length.