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 13.5 metres, with a turning diameter of 487 metres.

Berth details - Lower Harbour - as at 7 December 2018:

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




North of 310m













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 185 metres LOA, 8.0 metres draught and 32.3 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 July 2019:

BERTH  LENGTH  DEPTH  Min UKC  Permissible Draft @ CD  Approach Depth  Hdg  Ht (CD) 
Victoria T/U 177m 8.3m 0.3m 8.0m 5.7m 042/222 4.6m
Victoria (CM) 120m 7.1m 0.3m 6.8m 5.7m 042/222 4.6m
Victoria X/Y 210 x 25 m 244m 7.7m 0.3m 7.4m 7.5m~ 042/222 4.6m
O/J Basin Dia 260m 214m 8.4m 0.3m 8.1m 7.5m~ 089/269 4.6m
Leith 200 x 30m 153m 7.8m 0.3m 7.5m

7.2m ~

089/269 3.8m
Leith 200 x 35m 153m 7.8m 0.3m 7.5m

7.2m ~

089/269 3.8m
LPG 62m 6.5m 0.3m 6.2m 7.0m 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 7.5m will apply – Dunedin Basin depth of 7.5m
  • ** Vessel departing directly from the Oil Jetty, Leith Wharf and when berthed port side alongside X/Y berth will apply the following depths - Oil Jetty - 7.5m, X/Y berth - 7.5m, Leith Wharf - 7.2m
  • 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
  • Based on Dunedin Soundings dated May 2020


The following table outlines the Static UKC values within Port Otago:



Channel for Vessel other than Tankers and   Bulk Carriers > 30.5 m beam

 >10% of draught

 Or 0.8 m

Tankers and Bulk Carriers > 30.5 m   Beam  - Victoria Channel

1.25 m

Dunedin Area – South of Beacon No 67

0.6 m

Berthing Boxes – Dunedin, Ravensbourne   and Beach St – Port Chalmers

0.3 m

Berthing Boxes – C/T and M/P berths –   Port Chalmers

0.4 m

Wharves Dunedin Colored


Maximum Wharf Loadings

Port Otago wharves and jetties have limited loading capacities. Exceeding these capacities can result in damage or even collapse. A Heavy Loading Permit must be obtained in the following situations:

  • T&U Wharf, Leith Wharf, Birch Street Wharf and X&Y Wharf: access by vehicles with single axle weights greater than 8.2t and all crane operations.
  • Kitchener Wharf and Rattray Wharf: No heavy traffic or crane loading is permitted.
  • All other Port Otago wharves: Crane operations and vehicles exceeding general access mass limits.

Applications should be submitted at least 48 hours prior to any proposed heavy load or crane operation. Access or lifts must not be carried out until countersigned approval has been received from Port Otago Limited.

If uncertain, contact Port Otago Limited on 03 472 7890 prior to placing any load onto a wharf or jetty.