Pilbara Ports sets new shipping records ahead of New Year

By Curious

Pilbara Ports Authority has begun the New Year with several shipping records achieved in recent weeks, including new monthly throughput records across its ports, record tonnage on a single tide and record number of vessel visits to Port Hedland.

Pilbara Ports sets new shipping records ahead of New Year
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Pilbara Ports Authority achieved a record combined monthly throughput of 63.8 million tonnes (Mt) for the month of December 2017, an increase of 6% from the same month in 2016. This includes a record monthly iron ore export total of 60.1Mt.

The Port of Port Hedland achieved a record monthly throughput of 47.1Mt, an increase of 6% from the previous year.

Iron ore exports for the month at the Port of Port Hedland totaled 46.1Mt, an increase of 5% on last year.

The Port of Dampier also achieved a record monthly throughput of 16.7Mt, an increase of 5% from the previous year.

Imports totaled 78,000 tonnes, a decrease of 6% from the same time last year.

The month of December also saw numerous shipping records set at the Port of Port Hedland, including a new record tonnage on a single tide achieved on 27 December 2017.

A total of 1,589,061 tonnes of cargo sailed out on eight vessels, beating the previous record set in Febraury 2016 by 77,084 tonnes.

The port also set a new tonnage record of 2,183,611 tonnes over a 24-hour period, with six vessels exporting a total of 1,043,838 tonnes (14 December 2017) and another six vessels exporting a total of 1,139,773 tonnes (15 December 2017).

A record number of vessel visits was also reported for the month, with a total of 272 visits.

Source: Pilbara Port