Vessel accommodation types

The types of pens, berths and moorings available at our maritime facilities.

The Department of Transport's managed maritime facilties offer a range of vessel accommodation types. 

Find out more about vessel accommodation lengths and fees on our facility location pages.

Definition of vessel length

To ensure safe accommodation of vessels within Department of Transport managed maritime facilities, the vessel length is determined by the overall length of the vessel, rather than the registered vessel length as shown below.

Definition of vessel length
Definition of vessel length

Floating pen with walkway

Design

  • A purpose-built floating structure designed to accommodate one vessel up to a specific length.
  • Side access to the vessel in the pen is provided by a finger jetty structure.
  • The length of the side access finger jetty generally extends the full length of the pen.

Occupancy

The overall vessel length must not exceed the described pen length.

Fees

  • Per metre of described pen length 
  • Purpose built catamaran pens are charged at 1.5 times the normal rate.

Information on pen fees and lengths are available on the relevant facility location page.

Floating pen with walkway
Floating pen with walkway

Floating alongside berth

Design

This berth is designed to accommodate vessels of various lengths to moor alongside a floating jetty structure. Includes berths at the head of a jetty.

Occupancy

Harbour Management will assess the suitability of the applicant’s vessel for the alongside berth.

Fees

Per metre of overall vessel length (rounded down to the nearest metre).

Information on pen fees and lengths are available on the relevant facility location page.

Floating alongside berth
Floating alongside berth

Fixed pen with walkway

Design

  • A purpose-built fixed structure designed to accommodate one vessel up to a specific length.
  • Side access to the vessel in the pen is provided by a finger jetty structure.
  • The length and width of the side access finger jetty may vary.

Occupancy

The overall vessel length must not exceed the described pen length.

Fees

  • Per metre of described pen length
  • Purpose built catamaran pens are charged at 1.5 times the normal rate.

Information on pen fees and lengths are available on the relevant facility location page.

Fixed pen with walkway
Fixed pen with walkway

Fixed pen without walkway

Design

  • A purpose-built fixed structure designed to accommodate one vessel up to a specific length.
  • Access to the vessel in the pen is over the bow/stern from the jetty structure.

Occupancy

The overall vessel length must not exceed the described pen length.

Fees

Per metre of described pen length

Information on pen fees and lengths are available on the relevant facility location page.

Fixed pen without walkway
Fixed pen without walkway

Fixed alongside berth

Design

This berth is designed to accommodate vessels of various lengths to moor alongside a fixed jetty structure. Includes berths at the head of a jetty.

Occupancy

Harbour Management will assess the suitability of the applicant’s vessel for the alongside berth.

Fees

Per metre of overall vessel length (rounded down to the nearest metre).

Information on pen fees and lengths are available on the relevant facility location page.

Fixed alongside berth
Fixed alongside berth

25 metre pens with walkway (tropical cyclone zone)

Design

  • A purpose-built cyclone rated, fixed or floating structure designed to accommodate vessels up to 25 metres in length.
  • Side access to the vessel in the pen is provided by a finger jetty structure.

Occupancy

The overall vessel length must not exceed 25 metres.

Fees

Per metre of described pen length

Information on pen fees and lengths are available on the relevant facility location page.

25m tropical cyclone pen
25m tropical cyclone pen

Pile moorings

Design

  • A purpose-built structure designed to accommodate one vessel up to a specific length.
  • There is no pedestrian access to the vessel in a piled mooring.

Occupancy

The overall vessel length must not exceed the described pen length of the piled mooring.

Fees

Per metre of overall vessel length (rounded down to the nearest metre).

Information on pen fees and lengths are available on the relevant facility location page.

Piled moorings
Piled moorings

Harbour swing moorings

Design

  • The mooring must be designed to accommodate the nominated vessel
  • There is no pedestrian access to the vessel with a swing mooring.

Installation

  • Installation and maintenance of the mooring is the responsibility of the vessel owner.
  • The mooring apparatus must be installed and certified as adequate for its intended purpose by an authorised mooring contractor on behalf of the owner.
  • The owner is required to ensure that the mooring apparatus is inspected annually and a copy of the inspection report is provided with payment for renewal.

Occupancy

The overall vessel length must not exceed the prescribed maximum mooring rating.

Fees

Per metre of overall vessel length (rounded down to the nearest metre).

Information on fees and lengths are available on the relevant facility location page.

Swing moorings
Swing moorings

Dinghy pens

Design

  • A purpose-built structure designed to accommodate dinghy vessels only.
  • Side access to the vessel in the pen is provided by a finger jetty structure.

Fees

An annual fee applies, per vessel.

Dinghy pens
Dinghy pens
Page last updated: Wed Jan 18 2023 12:17:55 PM