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 3.02 million TEU handled annually
  • Over 8200 containers and 856 new motor vehicles per day on average
  • Total trade of over 97 million revenue tonnes
  • Total trade value around $114 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