Queensland Bulk Handling (QBH) is Brisbane’s leading coal export terminal. The facility was commissioned in 1983 and has since gained an international reputation as one of the nation’s most reliable, efficient and quality assured coal export terminals. QBH is a despatch port.


Reliable systems

Coal vessel operations gain the advantage of rapid turnaround times due to state-of-the-art loading systems and port management that offers 24/7 readiness. The team prioritises high quality processes, excellent customer service and delivers maximum value for customers.


Superior turnaround times

The system’s design emphasises productivity and ensures rapid turnaround. Through strong relationships with rail providers and integration with Queensland’s rail network, coal shipments can be processed with superior turnaround times. A priority berthing system ensures fair and transparent sequencing of vessels.

Quality assured

Consistently high standards

QBH provides a consistently high standard of export service to customers. Independent on-site testing and sampling ensures a consistently high standard of product. This standard is maintained beyond the coal handling system to include strong environmental management systems.

The coal exported from QBH is mined in the West Moreton and Darling Downs coal fields.

The Queensland Bulk Handling facility is located at the Port of Brisbane, Queensland.

QBH Berthing Parameters

Basic length: 317 metres
Beam: 43 metres (maximum)
Berth length: 240 metres
Trimmer throw (Jetslinger Trimmer Belt): 24.5-43 metres
Shiploader longitudinal travel: 195 metres
Draft: 14 metres (LAT minus 300 mm UKC)
Air draft: 17.0 metres at zero tide (maximum)
Shiploader rate: 3,000 tonnes per hour (tph – nominal loading rate)
Wharf: 240 metres – dolphins 310 metres
Maximum vessel size: 140,000 dwt

Detailed berth specifications, and security and mooring charges, are available in the Resource section of this site.

Capacity to load more than 48,000
tonnes daily

Queensland Bulk Handling (QBH) operates 24 hours per day, 7 days per week (excluding Christmas Day). The ship loader and wharf support fast turnaround for vessels up to small capesize. Capesize vessels require approval from the terminal and Harbour Master prior to berthing.

A priority berthing system supports maximum efficiency. For all coal vessels to be booked as priority vessels, Masters must guarantee that loading can be maintained at 3,000 tph.

QBH’s ship loading system has the capacity to load more than 48,000 tonnes per day with a total processing capacity of 10 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa). The system draws on the efficiency of rectangular stockpiles, using a conveyor system with an overhead discharge gantry, underground reclaim and bulldozers fitted with coal blades, for stockpile management. Self-cleaning magnets and metal detectors are fitted to the terminal’s conveyor systems to ensure that metallic contamination is kept to an absolute minimum.

All coal managed by QBH is transported by rail to the port facility. Trains carrying 1,900 tonnes of coal can typically be unloaded and stockpiled within one hour. The facility offers superior flexibility through its eight discrete stockpiles with total storage capacity of 909,000 tonnes. The team can assemble several cargoes simultaneously.

QBH has the ability to store multiple coal types and blend coal to meet each customer’s requirements.