Global port partnerships

Global port partnerships are important to Port of Melbourne. They give access to a wider range of current approaches to the shared challenges faced by ports worldwide.

Staff exchange programs and international conferences drive the relationships. These focus knowledge sharing about port planning and infrastructure to accommodate growing trade.

Global port partnerships are important to Port of Melbourne. They give access to a wider range of current approaches to the shared challenges faced by ports worldwide.

Staff exchange programs and international conferences drive the relationships. These focus knowledge sharing about port planning and infrastructure to accommodate growing trade.


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Chinese Flag Tianjin, China

Friendship Port since 1980

Tianjin is the main maritime gateway for Beijing and the largest port in northern China. It is on the western shore of Bohai Bay near the mouth of the Hai River.

Handling over 10 million TEU per year ,Tianjin is one of the largest container ports in all of China.

Chinese Flag Shanghai, China

Partner Port since 2006

The largest container port in the world, the Port of Shanghai handles over 30 million TEU per year. It is both a river port and an offshore deep water port with facilities facing the East China Sea, and strategically located near the Yangtze River.

Knowledge and experience sharing on port development continues between Melbourne and Shanghai, despite the difference in the amount of trade handled. Of special interest is port development, particularly on operating as a city port.

Melbourne was Shanghai’s first Partner Port.

Japanese Flag Yokohama, Japan

Trade Cooperation Port since 1986

A major trade gateway, the Port of Yokohama’s facilities are centrally located on Tokyo Bay. They are part of one of the world’s largest concentrations of maritime infrastructure.

An ongoing staff exchange program, with reciprocal visits every second year, supports the relationship.

Japanese Flag Osaka, Japan

Sister Port since 1974

Around 400 km from Tokyo, the Port of Osaka is on the southern coast of Honshu island at the head of Osaka Bay on the Yodo River delta.

Older than the City of Melbourne’s Sister City relationship with the city of Osaka, the ports’ relationship is fostered with a staff exchange program.

The planting of a flowering gum at the Port Education Centre in 2009 marked the 35th anniversary of the relationship.

US Flag Oakland, USA

Sister Port since 1976

On the eastern shore of San Francisco Bay, the Port of Oakland is a major trade hub for containerised cargo in northern California. One of the top five container ports in the USA, trade with Asia makes up around 60% of Oakland’s maritime trade.

Melbourne also has a strong relationship with the Port of San Francisco, particularly on cruise shipping and waterfront redevelopment.

US Flag Philadelphia, USA

Partner Port since 2002

Strategically situated 151 km south of New York City and 216 km north of Washington DC, the Port of Philadelphia is located near the end of the Delaware River in Pennsylvania.

August 2012 was the relationship’s tenth anniversary.

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