Albany Transhipment Proposal

Closed 11 May 2023

Opened 4 May 2023


Southern Ports Authority propose to facilitate export of magnetite by allowing the construction of a new Berth 5 and expanding current anchorages in King George Sound.

Berth 5 is to be constructed consisting of an offshore piled structure with mooring dolphins. Transhipment vessels will leave Berth 5, transit to an inner anchorage and load an ocean-going vessel for first-stage export. Vessels will then transit to a deeper anchorage to complete second-stage export. The anchorages are currently approved to use with a 560-metre (m) swing radius for use by the Port. Southern Ports Authority is proposing to expand the swing radius of the anchorages to 900 m. The proposal is within the Port of Albany, Western Australia and King George Sound, Western Australia in Port Waters under the tenure of Southern Ports Authority

Why your views matter

At this initial stage of the EIA process, comment is simply sought on whether or not the EPA should assess a proposal and, if so, what level of assessment is considered appropriate.

What happens next

Following the seven day public comment period and consideration of any comments received, the EPA will decide whether or not this proposal requires environmental impact assessment and, if so, what level of assessment will be applied.

The EPA's decisions on level of assessment are released each Monday on the EPA's website.


  • All of Western Australia


  • Public


  • Seven-day comment on referrals