PORTS in the Pilbara have seen an unprecedented amount of throughput over the 2017-18 financial year, with both Port Hedland and Port of Dampier handling significantly more cargo than the previous year, according to statistics compiled by the Pilbara Ports Authority.
Total annual throughput at all of PPA’s ports was reported to be 699.3m tonnes for this past financial year, representing an increase of 30.7m tonnes – or 5% – on the previous year’s annual throughput.
And, in June 2018 alone, PPA’s total monthly throughput came to 63.4m tonnes, up 14% on the same month last year.
The lion’s share of the Pilbara’s throughput went through Port Hedland, with a record total of 519.4m tonnes moving through the port over the past financial year, up 4% on the same period last year.
Of course, iron ore exports dominated trade through the port; 508.9m tonnes of iron ore went through the port over the year.
Imports through Port Hedland totalled 1.7m tonnes over the past financial year.
Looking at the Port of Dampier, PPA reported its total throughput for the 12 months through June to be 1.773m tonnes, an increase of 6% on the previous year, with imports coming to 1.02m tonnes, up 1% on the previous year.