The Port of Fremantle operates through two harbours.
The Inner Harbour at Fremantle handles almost all of the container trade for Western Australia. It also provides facilities for livestock exports, motor vehicle imports, other general cargo trades, cruise ships and visiting naval vessels.
The Outer Harbour, about 22km to the south at Kwinana, is one of Australia’s major bulk cargo ports handling grain, petroleum, liquid petroleum gas, alumina, mineral sands, fertilisers, coal, sulphur, iron ore and other bulk commodities.
The port is a mix of facilities and services managed by Fremantle Ports and private operators. Fremantle Ports provides and maintains shipping channels, navigation aids, cargo wharves at common user areas and leased terminals, the Fremantle Passenger Terminal, road and rail transport infrastructure in the port area, moles and seawalls and other port infrastructure such as storage sheds, water, power and public amenities.
Services such as towage, pilotage (under contract to Fremantle Ports), line boats and bunkering are provided by the private sector.
Fremantle Ports also cooperates with Commonwealth Government agencies responsible for customs, quarantine and maritime safety.
Three of the jetties in the Outer Harbour are operated by private companies, generally under Special Agreement Acts with the State. They are the Alcoa, BP and CBH jetties. The Kwinana Bulk Jetty and the Kwinana Bulk Terminal are operated by Fremantle Ports.
Kwinana Bulk Jetty (above) is a modern bulk import and export facility owned by Fremantle Ports. Main products currently handled include fertiliser and sulphuric acid.
Kwinana Bulk Terminal (above) was acquired by Fremantle Ports in 2002 and has been significantly upgraded since then. It currently handles cement clinker, coal, gypsum, nut coke, iron ore and slag.