About the Port of Esperance

In 2002, Esperance Port received a $54 million upgrade, making it the deepest port in southern Australia. Since then, the Port has experienced significant growth, with 200 ships and 11 million tonnes of trade passing through each year.

The Port remains focused on facilitating trade, as well as planning for developments into the future. This strategy embraces a commitment to operating the Port in a safe, efficient and environmentally responsible way.


The Port of Esperance is a vital trade hub, connecting key industries in regional WA with the rest of the world. It is the largest exporter of nickel concentrate in the Southern Hemisphere, making it an important international gateway to Australia’s nickel mining industry.

The Port has the infrastructure to handle large volumes of trade without compromising on the safety of its people. Upgrades played a critical role in increasing the Port’s trade capacity, and in the 2014/15 financial year, the Port exported a record 15 million tonnes of product.

More facts about the Port of Esperance:

  • The Port is located in Esperance, approximately 720 kilometres east-southeast of Perth (Western Australia’s capital).
  • Esperance Port’s trading name is Esperance Ports Sea and Land.
  • Its major exports are iron ore, nickel and grain.
  • Bulk imports include fuel, fertilisers, containers and sulphur.
  • The Port is capable of handling Cape size vessels of up to 200,000 tonnes.
  • As well as fully-loaded Panamax sized vessels of up to 75,000 tonnes.
  • The town of Esperance’s main industries are tourism, fishing and agriculture.

For a more detailed history of the port, please visit our comprehensive Port of Esperance Historical Timeline.

For more information about operations at the Port of Esperance please explore our website or get in touch. If you’re interested in doing business with the Port of Esperance, please contact us to discuss how we can support you.

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