Fortes­cue’s lat­est ship named with Grace

Pilbara News - - News - Tay­lar Amonini

Fortes­cue Metal Group’s sec­ond very large ore car­rier, named af­ter An­drew For­rest’s daugh­ter, was wel­comed into Port Hed­land last week af­ter its maiden voy­age from China.

A cer­e­mony was held aboard the FMG Grace as it docked in Port Hed­land, which in­cluded the for­mal nam­ing of the ship.

FMG founder and chair­man An­drew For­rest, his wife Ni­cola and his daugh­ter Grace, and 10 Vo­ca­tional Train­ing and Em­ploy­ment Cen­tre trainees, joined the ship’s cap­tain and crew to cel­e­brate the mile­stone.

The ship’s cap­tain was pre­sented with a piece of indige­nous art by lo­cal artist and Karimurra woman May Chap­man dur­ing the cer­e­mony.

Grace For­rest said she was hon­oured to be part of the cer­e­mony, which also recog­nised the power of women.

“Gen­der equal­ity is a core pri­or­ity for Fortes­cue, ev­i­denced through its gen­der-bal­anced board and the num­ber of women in lead­er­ship roles through­out the com­pany,” she said. “It’s great to be a part of the cer­e­mony that also recog­nised In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day and the 2017 theme ‘em­power a woman, em­power a na­tion’.”

Mr For­rest said he was ex­cited his daugh­ter could at­tend the ship’s nam­ing cer­e­mony.

“We were very proud to wel­come the sec­ond of Fortes­cue’s fleet of ore ships into Port Hed­land,” he said.

“Fam­ily is at the heart of Fortes­cue’s val­ues and we were hon­oured to be joined to­day by the cur­rent group of VTEC trainees, who are a very im­por­tant part of our Fortes­cue fam­ily.”

Grace For­rest with the Vo­ca­tional Train­ing and Em­ploy­ment Cen­tre trainees in front of the new very large iron ore ship that car­ries her name. INSET: FMG Grace comes into port last week.

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