Quick facts

These facts and figures give an insight into the port’s operations and its role as a key economic asset.Arguably Australia’s most important maritime trade hub, the Port of Melbourne supports the prosperity of thousands of businesses and the daily lives of people across Victoria and south-eastern Australia.

To learn about maritime and industry terms often used to describe the port’s functions and facilities, see the Glossary.


  • Largest container port in Australasia
  • Over 2.93 million TEU handled annually
  • Over 7200 containers and 1200 new motor vehicles per day on average
  • Total trade of nearly 90 million revenue tonnes
  • Total trade value around $102 billion
  • Handle all cargo types including dry bulk, liquid bulk and breakbulk



  • Over 30 commercial berths
  • International container terminals at Swanson Dock, Webb Dock East
  • World class automotive terminal at Webb Dock West


Shipping and navigation

  • Around 3000 ship visits annually
  • First port in Australia to operate as a VTS authority under Commonwealth accreditation
  • Professional hydrographic survey



  • Over 500 hectares of port land
  • 14 metre shipping channel draught
  • Borders four municipal councils