Saturday 17th Nov, 2018

Pilbara Ports’ throughput down but still colossal

PILBARA Ports Authority has reported that its total cargo throughput for last July was 52.9m tonnes, which a decrease of 3000 tonnes on the same month in 2016.

But looking back to June 2017, we see a larger decrease – 5% – from 55.8m tonnes.

Port of Port Hedland, that titan of West Australian bulk ports, was responsible for the majority of PPA’s total throughput, with 38.7m tonnes after a decrease of 1% on the previous year.

It should come as no surprise that the port shipped a colossal quantity of that rusty red mineral known as iron ore – 37.9m tonnes to be exact, which is a decrease of 2% on the same month in 2016.

Imports fell more precipitously over the same period – 29% – to 135,000 tonnes.

Now turning to the Port of Dampier total throughput was 14.2m tonnes, an increase of 2% on the previous year.

Contrary to what we saw at Hedland, imports into Dampier increased significantly over the same month last year – 24% – to 71,000 tonnes.

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