Port Operations

Shipping and Navigation

Kimberley Ports Authority’s Port and Terminal Handbook is a practical user guide to the conduct of operations in the Port of Broome. The publication is reviewed and reissued biennially, and in the interim is amended through issuing Local Marine Notices.

The Handbook is controlled by the Harbour Master and proposed amendments may be forwarded for consideration and inclusion. Any information which varies from other publications or superior documents should be brought to the immediate attention of the Harbour Master.

Design Parameters for Port of Broome Wharf

The current berth design is able to accommodate vessels up to 50,000 tonnes berthing displacement.

The wharf is 331 metres long, the current approved maximum length of a vessel to berth is 290 metres. The Channel Optimisation Project has been focused on creating all tide channel access for vessels within these length and displacement ranges.

Further details in relation to the port operating parameters can be found in KPA’s Port and Terminal Handbook.

Application for Pilotage Exemption Certificate (PEC) / Renewal
Approaches to Broome:

Broome is subject to a cyclone season between November and April each year. At this time, the port is additionally subject to frequent and violent thunderstorm activity. 

Port users are advised to monitor the weather closely while alongside, at anchor or at a mooring, in case an approaching weather system makes a departure from the wharf necessary for the safety of both the vessel and wharf infrastructure. Damage to the wharf is to be immediately reported to the Harbour Master. The Bureau of Meteorology website, particularly the Broome Radar Loop, is useful for monitoring approaching thunderstorm activity. The website can be accessed at www.bom.gov.au.

Should you need to contact the Harbour Master please email to 
harbourmaster@kimberleyports.wa.gov.au or by telephone (08) 9194 3100 during business hours.

Radio Communications  

Port of Broome maintains a 24 hour, 7 day watch of VHF Channel 14 and 16.

Tending Mooring Lines, Shore Connections and Ship’s Side Obstructions

Due to the high tidal range in Broome, it is essential that vessels maintain a vigilant watch on the state of their mooring lines, shore connections (such as water hoses) and obstructions on the ship’s side (such as tyre fenders, lighting etc).  It is the Master’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate monitoring and adjustment of mooring lines to ensure a vessel remains securely berthed at the wharf and the wharf infrastructure and fender system is not damaged or mooring lines become fouled.

The Broome Wharf Map supplies information on berth, fuel and water point locations.

Please note that the following forms (highlighted in green) available on the pages linked below can be completed and submitted online:

  • Application to hold Event or Activity within the Port
  • Hot Work permit
  • Diving Work permit
  • Bulks Transfer Work permit
  • Bunker permit
  • EOI Berth booking
  • Pre Arrival notification
  • Wharf Visitor Access