Pil­bara port op­er­a­tions ex­plained at fo­rum

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

The Pil­bara Ports Author­ity held a fo­rum de­signed to im­prove in­ter­na­tional un­der­stand­ing of its Port Hed­land op­er­a­tions ear­lier this month.

More than 100 in­dus­try rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Australia, Asia and Perth met for the PPA’s Safe Ships, Safe Port fo­rum in Perth on Thurs­day, Septem­ber 8.

They in­cluded shipown­ers and agents, safety author­i­ties, ter­mi­nal op­er­a­tors, sea­far­ers and lo­gis­tic com­pa­nies.

A PPA spokes­woman said the fo­rum was de­signed to ben­e­fit ship own­ers and op­er­a­tors whose ves­sels called in to their Port Hed­land fa­cil­i­ties.

She said it also pro­vided them with an op­por­tu­nity to share in­for­ma­tion and know-how across dif­fer­ent sec­tors of the ship­ping and marine in­dus­try.

Speak­ing at the fo­rum were PPA gen­eral man­ager of op­er­a­tions and Port Hed­land har­bour mas­ter Cap­tain John Finch as well as rep­re­sen­ta­tives from ship­ping com­pa­nies, the Aus­tralian Mar­itime Safety Author­ity, Port Hed­land Pi­lots, Fortes­cue Met­als Group, BHP Bil­li­ton and the Port Hed­land Mis­sion to Sea­far­ers.

They spoke about safety lessons mem­bers of in­dus­try could learn from in­ci­dents at ports, the lat­est tech­nol­ogy and de­vel­op­ments, and the chal­lenges fac­ing ship and ter­mi­nal op­er­a­tors.

The fo­rum fol­lows a month in which Pil­bara Ports Author­ity de­liv­ered a record to­tal monthly through­put of 58.4 mil­lion tonnes, an in­crease of 9 per cent on fig­ures from Au­gust last year.

Both Port Hed­land and Dampier op­er­a­tions recorded in­creases in through­put.

The PPA is con­sid­er­ing mak­ing the Safe Ships, Safe Port fo­rum an an­nual event.

Pic­ture: Pil­bara Ports Author­ity

An inau­gu­ral PPA fo­rum on its Port Hed­land op­er­a­tions was at­tended by hun­dreds of ship­ping in­dus­try rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

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