DBCT is one of two coal export terminals at the Port of Hay Point, located 30 km from the Queensland coastal town of Mackay.
The Port of Hay Point is one of the world's largest coal export ports, handling coal from over 30 mines in the Bowen Basin, central Queensland—the source of more than 80% of Queensland’s coal production.
Ongoing expansions to keep up with global demand for resource and energy commodities have brought the capacity of DBCT to 85 mtpa in 2010. This makes the DBCT one of the largest coal loading terminals in the world.
An interim study ha investigated further expansion to raise capacity to 153 mtpa, but the rest of the study was discontinued.
DBCT is owned by the Queensland Government and leased to DBCT Management through a 50 year lease to operate, maintain and develop the terminal (with an option for a further 49 years).
The ports authority for Hay Point Port is the North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation Ltd, which also manages the ports at Abbot Point, Weipa, Mackay and Maryborough.