PILBARA Ports Authority, the body responsible for the mighty bulk ports of north-western Australia, has reported a total monthly throughput of 51.8 million tonnes in February.

This figure is a 4% increase on the total cargo throughput at the ports in February 2020.

Iron ore exports out of Port Hedland made up the lion’s share of exports out of the ports, with 37.4 million tonnes exported over the month, which is a 3% decrease compared with February last year.

One hundred forty thousand tonnes of cargo was imported through Port Hedland last month, 10% more than in February 2020.

Port Hedland was closed for 16 hours in February 2021 due to Tropical Low 12U.

Turning now to the Port of Dampier, we find a big increase in total monthly throughput in February 2021 – a 32% increase over February last year to 13 million tonnes.

Imports through Dampier were reported to be 47,000 tonnes, in line with the same month last year.