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.

Fairway to Port Chalmers Basin declared at 13.5m (at chart Datum)

Berth details - Lower Harbour - as at 31 July 2020:

BERTH LENGTH ALIGNMENT APPROACH DEPTH BERTH POCKET MINIMUM UKC AT BERTH MAXIMUM STATIC DRAFT AT BERTH WHARF HEIGHT (CD)
C/T 300m 042/222 13.5m 13.5m 0.4m 13.1m 4.6m

M/P

M/P

431m

North of 310m

020/200

020/200

13.5m

13.5m

13.6m

12.8m

0.4m

0.4m

13.2m

12.4m

4.6m

4.6m

Beach 412m 073/253 13.5m 11.5m 0.3m 11.2m 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.

Upper Harbour Channel Depth declared at 8.50m (at chart Datum)

Beacon #67 to turning basin 7.50m (at chart Datum) 
(Constraining depth for Upper Harbour transits)

Berth details - Upper Harbour - as at 31 July 2020:

BERTH  LENGTH  ALIGNMENT APPROACH DEPTH  BERTH POCKET  MINIMUM UKC AT BERTH  MAXIMUM STATIC DRAFT AT BERTH WHARF HEIGHT (CD) 
Victoria T/U 177m 042/222 5.7m 8.3m 0.3m 8.0m 4.6m
Victoria (CM) 120m 042/222 5.7m 7.1m 0.3m 6.8m 4.6m
Victoria X/Y 193 x 25 m 220m 042/222 7.5m 7.7m 0.3m 7.4m 4.6m
Oil Jetty Basin Dia 260m 214m 089/269 7.5m 8.3m 0.3m 8.0m 4.6m
Leith 200 x 35m 153m 089/269 7.2m 7.9m

0.3m

7.6m 3.8m
LPG 62m 104/284 7.0m 6.5m 0.3m 6.2m 3.9m
Ravensbourne 149m 073/253 7.5m 8.2m 0.3m 7.9m 4.4m
Birch St 310m 084/264 4.5m 6.7m 0.3m 6.4m 4.7m
Rattray * 397m 084/264 4.5m 4.2m 0.3m 3.9m 4.6m

** 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 movements to the berths refers 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 Basin Soundings dated July 2020


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

AREA 

STATIC UKC ALLOWANCE 

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

 >10% of draught or 0.8 m

Tankers and Bulk Carriers > 30.5m Beam - Victoria Channel

1.25 m

Dunedin Area – South of Beacon No 67

0.6 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.