Ports’ output powers ahead despite lower iron ore prices
The mining boom may be over, but don’t try telling the workers at Port Hedland and the Port of Dampier.
The Pilbara Ports Authority, which runs the two ports, yesterday reported 633.5 million tonnes of material was exported or imported through the two complexes during the last financial year.
In June alone, the authority had 55.9mt of throughput loaded and unloaded at the two ports — up 3 per cent on the same month in 2015.
While iron ore was not the only commodity exported, the shift from mine construction to production in the Pilbara helped Port Hedland retain its crown as the world’s busiest port. Last financial year, iron ore exports jumped by 14.6mt to 454.2mt and the expansion appears to be accelerating — the 41.8mt exported last month was 9 per cent more than the same time last year.
Port authority figures show how one-sided the work was, with just 1.6mt imported, down 22 per cent over the year.
Dampier handled 173.1mt last year, up 200,000 tonnes on 2014-15.
Like Port Hedland, Dampier activity accelerated in June.
Iron ore ships off the Pilbara coast.