Port of Derby

Port of Derby

The original Derby jetty was built in 1885 and replaced in 1964 by the current steel and concrete structure.

The Shire of Derby West Kimberley has held the lease and management agreements for the Port of Derby area since 1997, inclusive of the wharf and boat ramp and marine surrounds. The current lease and management agreements expire in 2040.

Kimberley Ports Authority (KPA) operates under the auspices of the Port Authorities Act 1999 which covers vestment of the port land and waters; and a range of obligations from trade development, infrastructure planning and maintenance, to caring for the environment and ensuring safety.

KPA and SDWK will work together to develop and grow the use of the port as trade opportunities arise.

If you are interested in leasing seabed or land within the boundaries of the Port of Derby KPA invites you to email info@kimberleyports.wa.gov.au and the Shire of Derby West Kimberley sdwk@sdwk.wa.gov.au to register your interest.  When writing please provide the following details:

  • The details of the entity interested in leasing the land
  • The nature of the business to be conducted on the land
  • The area of the land sought
  • When you would like the lease to start
  • Anyone wishing to undertake a development within the port land boundaries must adhere to  KPA Development Guidelines and the Shire of Derby West Kimberley’s guidelines: https://www.sdwk.wa.gov.au/services/town-planning.aspx.

For information on the Derby wharf and port fees and charges please follow the link to the Shire of Derby West Kimberley website.

Port of Derby Waters PDF

Pilot Exemption Licenses

Masters of vessels up to 130 metres LOA can apply for a pilot exemption for all Kimberley ports. Your pilotage exemption will be for your specific vessel.

The exemption licence period will match the master’s medical certificate and the following documents are required to be lodged with your application:

  • Certificate of Competency,
  • Current medical certificate,
  • Log of entry and exits, and
  • Application fee of $660.00.