Cattle bound for Indonesia
About 2000 cattle departed Port Hedland last Saturday, signalling the start of the first live export trade from the region in four years.
The Angus Express left the port about 6pm on September 2 , embarking on the six-day trip to a northern Indonesian port.
Landside operations manager Jon Giles said the recent upgrades to the port’s cattle loading facilities led to a safe and efficient operation.
He said there were no reported incident or injuries.
“The new loading ramp functioned well and it proved to be a safe, steady and stress-free experience for livestock and staff,” he said.
The loading ramp was commissioned in April and can be used on multiple berths at the ports operations.
Mr Giles said the shipment would benefit the livestock industry and signalled the revitalisation of the trade out of Port Hedland.
He said the interest in Pilbara livestock exports was linked to recently negotiated trade agreements, which could potentially lead to an increased demand for export cattle from the region.
“With the success of this operation, we are confident that we will be able to cater for more shipments and can accommodate larger numbers of livestock through the port, which will satisfy growing demand in the medium term,” he said.
He said they were already preparing for a longer-term solution to increase the port’s livestock capacity for exports when the industry grows.
The Angus Express docked at Port Hedland port.
Cattle being loaded onto the Angus Express.