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Barge Booking Request

Hamilton Island Enterprises Limited ACN 009 946 909 (HIE) is the owner and operator of the barge MV Samson.

We ask all barge bookings must be made 5 business days prior to travelling. All vehicles are required to be at the terminal at the commencement of the load time.

All drivable vehicles requiring travel to Hamilton Island must have an approved Temporary Vehicle Permit (TVP). This will be included as part of the booking process. 

Timetable Information

All barge transfers on Samson to and from Hamilton Island and Shute Harbour are run Monday to Friday only. There are no scheduled runs on Saturday, Sunday or Public Holidays. Timings are subject to change, please check with Shute Harbour Terminal prior to travel. Below are timings for a standard run day. This service has a turnaround time on Hamilton Island of approximately 60 minutes.

  Load Shute Harbour Load Hamilton Island
Run 1 Samson - 6.30am load Samson - 9.00am load
Run 2 Samson - 10.30am load Samson - 1.00pm load 


Barge Travel Pricing Information

Pricing stated below is for travel on Samson. Travel on other vessels may attract higher rates.

Prices cover Shute Harbour to Hamilton Island and return on the same barge run. Vehicles booked to return on a separate run, will be charged a further standard rate. 

Meterage Price
Pallet $110
1.5 to 3.0m $150
3.01 to 6.0m $255
6.01 to 9.5m $465
9.51 to 12.5m $780
12.51 to 18m $840
18.1 to 23m $890
> 23m $1,005

Temporary Vehicle Permit (TVP) Information and Pricing

Pricing stated below is based on your vehicle type and payment of this fee will be taken at the same time as payment of your barge travel charges. 

Vehicles are required to be removed from Hamilton Island on or before their permit expiry date. Should you require an extension to your approved permit, please email a minimum of five (5) days prior to expiry, requesting a further period and reason for the request. If your permit expires whilst your vehicle is on the island, you will continue to be charged at the daily rate until you remove your vehicle from the island.  The TVP fee is non-refundable if vehicle departs island prior to permit expiry. The Temporary Vehicle Permit fee is not applicable to vehicles which hold a permanent HIE registration.

Regular Vehicle (GVM < 4.5 Tonne) $5 $865
Heavy Vehicle (GVM > 4.5 Tonne) $12 $2,160
Other Vehicle or Machine Type $1 $135

Other Important Information 

  1. Unloading Assistance: FORK LIFT call (07) 4946 8125.
  2. Confirmation will be via email and all bookings will be subject to space availability.

Where do I lodge this form? 

Once you have completed all of the required information on the below page, please select the “submit“ icon. You will immediately be emailed a summary of your request only.   Once your form has been reviewed and travel approved you will be sent an email confirmation with your Booking Request details and loading dates and times.

Telephone: (07) 4962 5525
Office Hours: 8.00am - 4.00pm (Monday - Friday)

A summary of this request will be sent to the senders email address listed in this form.

Terms and Conditions







If you do not have approved credit with Hamilton Island you must pay in advance. This can be done by credit card or EFTPOS. HIE will contact you to obtain pre-payment.

Cancellations or amendments received outside of 48 hours of the Load Time will be subject to space availability.
Cancellations or amendments received inside of 48 hours of the Load Time will be subject to a 50% cancellation fee of the total booking value.
No Shows are subject to a cancellation fee equal to 100% of the total booking value.