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Port Procedures and Information for Shipping – Cape Flattery, Cooktown and Port Douglas

Image of Port of Cape FlatteryCape Flattery is situated 29 miles north of Cooktown. The port has been established solely for the export of silica sand from Cape Flattery Silica Mines Pty Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Mitsubishi Corporation.

The mine is the largest exporter of silica sand in the world. The port has a single berth serviced by a travelling ship loader for the export of sand.

Cooktown is situated about 91 nautical miles north of Cairns and is the most northerly port on the east coast of Australia. Today it is known as a community port, managed by the Far North Queensland Ports Corporation (Ports North) and is used mainly by fishing vessels, small passenger vessels and recreational craft.

Port Douglas is situated about 30 nautical miles north of Cairns and is mainly used by fishing boats, recreational boats and tourist vessels that visit the islands and Great Barrier Reef. It is a small natural harbour behind Island Point, within the confines of Dickson Inlet. Port Douglas has a number of fishing wharves, 2 marinas and provides refuge for anchored or moored vessels upstream.

Port Procedures and Information for Shipping – Port of Cape Flattery, Cooktown and Port Douglas (last updated September 2018)

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Last updated
31 August 2018