Located just south of Wollongong, Port Kembla is a important international gateway, a key infrastructure asset for NSW and an economic driver in the Illawarra region.
Home to NSW's largest motor vehicle import hub; largest grain export terminal, and second largest coal export port, Port Kembla can accommodate a range of dry, bulk liquid and general cargo.
Port Kembla plays a key link in the logistics chain for a number of local, Australian and international companies operating in the global economy and provides significant opportunities:
- Connections throughout NSW, including freight rail connections, to support agriculture and mining.
- Proximity and access to the growing population and employment regions of south-west Sydney and the Illawarra.
- Capacity to handle new trades and increased volumes of existing trades.
- Deep water shipping channel and berths that require minimal maintenance dredging.
- Capable of handling large cargo vessels.
- Short shipping channel that minimises vessel transit time and contributes to port efficiency.
- Excellent supply of well-connected nearby industrial land to support key trades and port-related activities.
- Operates 24 hours per day, seven days a week (24/7).
- As outlined in Navigating the Future - NSW Ports' 30 Year Master Plan, the proposed Outer Harbour Development provides for additional trade capacity at Port Kembla. NSW Ports has planning approval to develop a container and multi-purpose facility at Port Kembla's Outer Harbour, which envisages new wharves, berths and terminal facilities.
Port Kembla also opened up to the tourism industry in 2016, with Royal Carribean's Radiance of the Seas making its maiden voyage last October.
Port Kembla's economic contribution:
$760m annual contribution to NSW GSP
$935k per vessel visit contribution to NSW economy