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Shipping History

When the port opened in 1897 there were 474 ship visits, classified as sailing vessels or steam and sail. Today, huge cargo and cruise ships call.

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Shipping - Then and Now

In 1897, Fremantle recorded a total of 474 ship visits. Of these, 127 were sailing vessels and the remainder were classified steam and sail. The gross tonnage of these vessels was about 550,000 tonnes. 

Today, the Inner Harbour handles huge container ships and vehicle carriers, general cargo ships, livestock vessels, small tankers, cruise liners and visiting naval vessels. Almost all of the bulk shipping is serviced from the Outer Harbour at Kwinana. 

In 2017-18, the total number of ship visits (commercial and non-trading) handled by Fremantle Port was 1,807 plus 31 naval ship calls. The mass tonnage was 71,931,322.


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