PILBARA Ports Authority has rumbled into the new year with several new shipping records under its belt, including new monthly throughput records across its ports, record tonnage on a single tide and record number of vessel visits to Port Hedland.
In December, PPA’s total combined throughput came to 63.8m tonnes, an increase of 6% on the same month last year. This includes a record monthly iron ore export total of 60.1m tonnes.
Port Hedland’s December throughput was an increase of 6% on the same month in 2016 with a record 47.1m tonnes of total throughput last month.
Iron ore accounted for nearly all of Hedland’s throughput at 46.1m tonnes, a 5% increase on the same month in 2016.
Port Hedland broke other records in December, including a new record tonnage on a single tide achieved on 27 December when a total of 1,589,061 tonnes of cargo sailed on eight vessels, beating the previous record, set in February 2016, by 77,084 tonnes.
And, the Port smashed yet another record in December: 2,183,611 tonnes were loaded over a 24-hour period onto 12 vessels.
Also, a record number of vessels visited Port Hedland in December with a total of 272 visits.
Port of Dampier also broke a record in December, with 16.7m tonnes of total throughput for the month. Imports were 78,000 tonnes, showing a decrease of 6% on December 2016.