PILBARA Ports Authority reported a total monthly cargo throughput of 57.9m tonnes for August, showing a decrease of 478,000 tonnes over the same month in 2016.
The port of Port Hedland handled three quarters of PPA’s total throughput, or 43.5m tonnes, a decrease of 25,000 tonnes on August 2016.
Iron ore cargo moving through the Port totalled 42.8m tonnes, which was a decrease of 105,000 tonnes on the previous year.
Imports made up for some of the decrease in iron ore through Port Hedland, increasing 34% to 139,000 tonnes over last month.
Port of Dampier delivered a total monthly throughput of 14.4m tonnes, a decrease of 3% on August 2016, with imports totalling 89,000 tonnes, an increase of 8%.
Last week, the first live export shipment from the Pilbara since 2013 departed Port Hedland, bound for Indonesia. PPA landside operations manager Jon Giles said the recent investment into new infrastructure upgrades at the Port had led to a safe and efficient operation.
“The new loading ramp functioned well and it proved to be a safe, steady and stress-free experience for livestock and staff,” he said.
“More than 2000 head of cattle were successfully loaded onto the Angus Express using the new loading ramp, leaving from Berth 2 without any incidents or injury.”
Mr Giles said he was confident that the Port could handle more shipments and accommodate larger numbers of livestock.
“Planning is already underway for a longer-term solution to significantly increase the Port’s livestock capacity for exports when the industry grows,” he said.