Berth Facilities

Port Chalmers (Lower Harbour) Berths

Port Chalmers has three berths, suitable for handling containerised, multipurpose, and conventional vessels. Berthing flexibility is guaranteed by a swinging basin dredged to 13.0 metres, with a turning diameter of 487 metres.

Berth details - Lower Harbour - as at 23 November 2016:

BERTH LENGTH DEPTH Min UKC Permissible Draft @ CD Approach Depth Hdg Ht (CD)
C/T 300m 13.9m 0.4m 13.5m 13.5m 042/222 4.6m
M/P 297m 14.0m 0.4m 13.6m 13.5m 020/200 4.6m
Beach 412m 11.5m 0.3m 11.2m 13.5m 073/253 4.6m
  • The Berth depths and permissible draughts are based on depths below Chart Datum i.e. Zero tide.

Wharves Port Chalmers Colored


Dunedin (Upper Harbour) Berths

Tankers, fishing vessels, bulk carriers and smaller conventional vessels are the principal users. The channel between Port Chalmers and Dunedin is capable of handling vessels of up to 180 metres LOA, 8.0 metres draught and 32.2 metres beam. Vessels in excess of 150 metres LOA can transit in daylight only.

The Dunedin wharves are adjacent to the cold storage industry established to service the meat, dairy, fishing and horticultural exports of the region.

In addition to the Dunedin wharves, the Ravensbourne fertiliser pier is located between Port Chalmers and Dunedin.

Berth details - Upper Harbour - as at 12 December 2017:

BERTH  LENGTH  DEPTH  Min UKC  Permissible Draft @ CD  Approach Depth  Hdg  Ht (CD) 
Victoria T/U 177m 8.2m 0.3m 7.9m 5.8m 042/222 4.6m
Victoria (CM) 120m 7.1m 0.3m 6.8m 5.8m 042/222 4.6m
Victoria X/Y 210 x 25 m 244m 8.1m 0.3m 7.8m 6.8m 042/222 4.6m
O/J Basin Dia 260m 214m 8.2m 0.3m 7.9m 6.8m 089/269 4.6m
Leith 200 x 30m 153m 8.2m 0.3m 7.9m

7.3m ~

089/269 3.8m
Leith 200 x 35m 153m 8.2m 0.3m 7.9m

7.3m ~

089/269 3.8m
LPG 62m 6.1m 0.3m 5.8m 6.7m 104/284 3.9m
Ravensbourne 149m 8.2m 0.3m 7.9m 7.5m~ 073/253 4.4m
Birch St 310m 6.7m 0.3m 6.4m 4.5m 084/264 4.7m
Rattray * 397m 4.2m 0.3m 3.9m 4.5m 084/264 4.6m
  • The Berth depths and permissible draughts are based on depths below Chart Datum i.e. Zero tide.
  • ~ If swinging in Dunedin depth of 6.8m will apply – Dunedin Basin depth of 6.8m
  • Vessel departing directly from the Oil Jetty, Leith Wharf and when berthed port side alongside X/Y berth will apply the following UKC - Oil Jetty - 7.5m, X/Y berth - 7.5m, Leith Wharf - 7.3m
  • N.B. Prior to any movement to the berths refer to the latest sounding chart for the most recent sounding details. Actual soundings may differ from the official NZ 6612 Chart.
  • Berths marked with * are historical data

Wharves Dunedin Colored


Kitchener St/Birch St Slipway

This slipway is capable of handling vessels of 500t displacement and is mainly used by fishing trawlers and tourist launches, as well as Port Otago floating plant.