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.