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