Port Hedland News

10 Oct 2019

Jan De Nul Completes Port Hedland Dredging

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Jan De Nul Group completed the capital dredging works for the Channel Risk and Optimization Project (CROP) in Port Hedland, Western Australia, and can look back on a successful three-year cooperation with the Pilbara Ports Authority (PPA).Over the past three years a combination of Hopper Dredgers, a Cutter Suction Dredger and Split Hopper Barges were deployed to dredge sections of the 42-km long navigational channel and to further enhance the safe and sustainable access to the port of Port Hedland.

08 Oct 2019

Port Hedland Sept Iron Ore liftings to China Dip

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Iron ore shipments to China from Australia's Port Hedland terminal, the world's biggest iron ore port, fell more than 5% in September from a month earlier, port data showed on Tuesday.Shipments to China totalled 36.05 million tonnes in September, down from 38.14 million tonnes in August, the Pilbara Ports Authority said.Overall iron ore shipments totalled 41.97 million tonnes in September, down more 7% from 45.43 million tonnes in August.Port Hedland is used by three of Australia's top four iron ore miners: BHP Group, Fortescue Metals Group and Gina Rinehart's Roy Hill.Reporting by Colin Packh

07 Oct 2019

Westug Live with AI-assisted Dispatch

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Perth-based Harbor towage operator, Westug Pty Ltd (Westug) has announced their successful start with the OptiPort AI-assisted Dispatch system in its new Port Hedland operation to ensure long-term, efficient and sustainable towage services in the port on behalf of KOTUG for Fortescue Metals Group (Fortescue). The announcement was made alongside the official start of Westug’s towage operations in the world’s leading and largest dry bulk export port with an annual export volume of over 500 million tons of iron ore…

30 Sep 2019

KOTUG Wins Big in Port Hedland

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With the successful start an important milestone has been reached in the execution of the contract to operate the tugboat fleet for Fortescue Metals Group (Fortescue) in Port Hedland, a bulk export port on Australia´s west coast. The fleet consists of eight new ART 85-32W and one RT80-32 Rotortugs. Six of them are Fortescue owned, three are owned by KOTUG, which are chartered directly to Fortescue. KOTUG manages the entire contract.Port Hedland in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, is the site of the highest tonnage port in Australia.

06 Sep 2019

Pilbara Ports Throughput Up 6% During August

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Australia's largest iron ore loading port of Port Hedland, operated by Pilbara Ports Authority, has delivered a total monthly throughput of 62.1 million tonnes (Mt) for the month of August 2019. This throughput was a 6% increase compared to the same month in 2018. The total throughput for the 2019/20 financial year to date is 118.8Mt, an increase of 4% from the same time last year. The Port of Port Hedland achieved a monthly throughput of 46.1Mt, of which 45.4Mt was iron ore exports. The monthly throughput was a 7% increase from August 2018.

17 Jul 2019

Pilbara Ports Annual Throughput Down

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Australia's Pilbara Ports Authority has delivered a total annual throughput of 697.2 million tonnes (Mt) for the 2018/19 financial year. This result is a less than 1% change (decrease of 2.06 million tonnes) from last year’s record annual throughput.In June 2019, Pilbara Ports Authority achieved a total monthly throughput of 64Mt, a 1% increase on the same month in 2018. Iron ore throughput for June 2019 increased 2% from June 2018, to 60.2Mt. Total iron ore throughput for 2018/19 was 647.8Mt…

17 Jul 2019

Baltic Index Propelled Again by Capesize, Panamax Demand

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The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index rose on Wednesday, driven by demand for capesize and panamax vessels.The Baltic index, which tracks rates for ships ferrying dry bulk commodities, rose 2.6%, or 53 points, to 2,064, its highest since January 2014. The index has surged about 60% this year. The index extended gains for a seventh straight session, mainly driven by strong demand for vessels that ship iron ore from Brazil.A restart of Vale SA's Brucutu mine in Brazil that was shut in early February after a tailings dam burst…

27 Jun 2019

300,000DWT Bulker Joins Berge Bulk Fleet

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Singapore's dry bulk shipping company Berge Bulk has taken delivery of the second and newest 300,000DWT very large ore carrier (VLOC) in China.The new vessel, named Berge Mafadi, was delivered from the Guangzhou Shipyard International (GSI) yard in Guangzhou, said a press note. With a ‘Rightship A+’ rating and an Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) 20% below the baseline, she ranks amongst the most energy-efficient bulk carriers in the world.Berge Mafadi has been designed to…

17 Apr 2019

“It’s the steel production, stupid!”

Peter Sand, BIMCO

BIMCO's Peter Sand, in a new report, weighs in on the implications for the Dry Bulk sectors.Chinese imports of iron ore keep falling, while its crude steel production keeps growing. China’s increased use of scrap metal for its production of crude steel is fundamentally critical to the dry bulk shipping industry. Mostly Capesize ships are impacted by this, way beyond the temporary iron ore export disruptions in Brazil and Australia.Chinese steel production grew by a massive 12.6 million tonnes (+9.2%) in the first two months on 2019 as estimated by China Iron and Steel Association (CISA).

05 Apr 2019

Pilbara Ports Throughput Down by 13%

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Australia's Pilbara Ports Authority (PPA) has delivered a total monthly throughput of 50.3 million tonnes (Mt) for the month of March 2019, which was a 13% decrease compared to the same month in 2018.During March 2019, Tropical Cyclone Veronica closed the Port of Port Hedland for 92.5 hours, the Port of Dampier for 132 hours and the Port of Ashburton for 109.5 hours. The total throughput for the 2018/19 financial year to date is 510.3Mt, a decrease of 1% from the same time last year. The Port of Port Hedland achieved a monthly throughput of 36.7Mt, of which 36.3Mt was iron ore exports.

05 Apr 2019

Port Hedland Iron Ore Shipments to China Dip

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Iron ore shipments to China from Australia's Port Hedland terminal fell more than 8 percent in March from a month earlier, port data released on Friday showed.Iron ore shipments to China from the world's biggest iron ore port totaled 30.7 million tonnes in March, compared with February's 33.5 million metric tons, the Pilbara Ports Authority said.Port Hedland is used by three of Australia's top four iron ore miners, BHP Billiton, Fortescue Metals Group and Gina Rinehart's Hancock Prospecting.Shipments were affected by tropical cyclone Veronica, which hit Western Australia in late March.

11 Feb 2019

Jan De Nul Wins Australia Dredging Work

Photo courtesy of Jan De Nul Group

The Pilbara Ports Authority (PPA) engaged Jan De Nul Group to dredge the channel to the Port of Port Hedland. The project forms part of stage two of the Channel Risk and Optimization Project (CROP), a PPA initiative to sustain the long-term operation, development and future growth of the port of Port Hedland.Over the past several years, Jan De Nul Group has been the lead contractor on the majority of the capital dredging works as well as the maintenance dredging works within the port precinct of Port Hedland.

23 Jan 2019

Pilbara Ports Hits Single-Tide Record Tonnage

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Australia's Pilbara Ports Authority has achieved a new record tonnage on a single tide at the Port of Port Hedland.On 15 January 2019, 10 vessels departed the port in convoy carrying a total of 1,754,741 tonnes of bulk product, exceeding the previous record from December 2017 by 165,680 tonnes.Port Hedland Harbour Master, Myron Fernandes congratulated all involved noting that a combination of factors contributed to the new record.“Pilbara Ports Authority has invested in industry-leading practices in recent years to maximise the efficiencies of vessels entering and exiting the harbour…

15 Jan 2019

Pilbara Ports Authority Shortlists Two for Port Hedland Expansion

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Australia's Pilbara Ports Authority has short-listed two respondents interested in investing to build and operate a new general cargo facility at the Port of Port Hedland.Located at Lumsden Point, at the south eastern end of the inner harbour, the development can accommodate a logistics hub, general cargo wharves and cargo lay down areas.Environmental approval for the development was obtained in 2014 and Pilbara Ports Authority has since invested more than $80 million in land remediation…

10 Oct 2018

Port Hedland Iron Ore Shipments to China on the Rise

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Iron ore shipments to China from Australia's Port Hedland terminal rose 5.3 percent in September from a month earlier, port data released on Wednesday showed.Iron ore shipments to China from the world's biggest iron ore port totaled 37.4 million tonnes in September, up from August's 35.5 million metric tons, according to the Pilbara Ports Authority.Total September iron ore shipments from the port totaled 43.5 million metric tons, up from 42.4 million metric tons in August.Port Hedland is used by three of Australia's top four iron ore miners, BHP Billiton, Fortescue Metals Group and Gina Rineha

10 Sep 2018

Port Hedland Iron Ore Shipments to China Jump

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Iron ore shipments to China from Australia's Port Hedland terminal rose nearly 10 percent in August from a month earlier, port data released on Monday showed.Iron ore shipments to China from the world's biggest iron ore port totalled 35.5 million tonnes in August, up from July's 32.4 million tonnes, according to the Pilbara Ports Authority.Total August iron ore shipments from the port totalled 42.4 million tonnes, higher than the 40.7 million tonnes shipped a month prior, but 1 pct lower than August 2017.Port Hedland is used by three of Australia's top four iron ore miners, BHP Billiton , Fort

10 Jul 2018

Port Hedland Iron Ore Shipments to China Climb in June

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Iron ore shipments to China from Australia's Port Hedland terminal rose 7 percent to 39.69 million tonnes in June from a month earlier, port data released on Tuesday showed.Total June iron ore shipments from the world's biggest export terminal for the steelmaking raw material totalled 47.29 million tonnes, compared with 44.97 million tonnes in May, according to the Pilbara Ports Authority.Port Hedland is used by three of Australia's top four iron ore miners, BHP Billiton , Fortescue Metals Group and Gina Rinehart's Hancock Prospecting.Rio Tinto uses the nearby Dampier and Cape Lambert ports to

11 Jun 2018

Port Hedland Iron Ore Shipments to China Rise 2.4% in May

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Iron ore shipments to China from Australia's Port Hedland terminal in May rose 2.4 percent from a month earlier to 37 million tonnes, port data released on Monday showed.Iron ore shipments to China in April stood at 36.1 million tonnes.Overall iron ore shipments from the world's biggest export terminal rose to 45 million tonnes in May from 42.6 million tonnes in the previous month, the Pilbara Ports Authority said.Port Hedland is used by three of Australia's top four iron ore miners - BHP Billiton , Fortescue Metals Group and Gina Rinehart's Hancock Prospecting.(Reporting by Tom Westbrook; Edi

10 Jan 2018

Port Hedland May Clear Ships as Storm Builds off Australia

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Giant iron ore port may close as Australian storm builds. Vessels may be cleared from Australia's Port Hedland, the world's biggest iron ore export terminal, as early as Thursday as a safety precaution because of a tropical storm, port manager Pilbara Ports Authority said on Wednesday. The authority said Port Hedland may start clearing vessels on Thursday morning if the tropical low builds overnight into a cyclone off the Western Australia coastline. Port Hedland is used by three of Australia's top four iron ore miners - BHP,, Fortescue Metals Group and Gina Rinehart's Hancock Prospecting.

12 Jan 2018

Port Hedland to Reopen as Cyclone Fades

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Australia's Port Hedland iron ore terminal will likely reopen on Saturday after Australia's weather bureau cut the forecast strength of a cyclone bearing down on the continent's far northwest, the port's operator said on Friday. Cyclone Joyce, a Category 1 storm, is holding just off the beaches of Pilbara iron ore belt, prompting the overnight closure of the world's biggest iron ore export terminal, 1,700 km (1,050 miles) north of Perth, as a safety precaution. Shipping operations are expected to resume at 6 a.m. Saturday (2200 GMT Friday) should weather conditions improve.

08 Mar 2018

Port Hedland Iron Ore Exports to China Fell 10% in February

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Iron ore shipments to China from Australia's Port Hedland terminal fell nearly 10 percent in February to 31.3 million tonnes, down from 34.7 million tonnes a month earlier, port data released on Thursday showed. Overall August iron ore shipments from the world's biggest export terminal for the steelmaking raw material fell to 38.5 million tonnes in February from 41.1 million tonnes in January, according to the Pilbara Ports Authority. Port Hedland is used by three of Australia's top four iron ore miners, BHP Billiton , Fortescue Metals Group and Gina Rinehart's Hancock Prospecting.

27 Mar 2018

Hedland Launch Signs with MobileOps

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MobileOps, Inc. said it has signed a deal with Australia’s Hedland Launch Service Pty Ltd. The marine services and vessel operator will utilize the MobileOps Platform across its Port Hedland Harbor based fleet to bolster safety, maintenance and regulatory initiatives. The MobileOps Platform is a cloud-based subscription solution that includes both a web application and an offline-capable iPad application called Voyager. “After watching a live demo we were sold within five minutes,” said Ken McCorry, Managing Director at Hedland Launch.

10 Apr 2018

Baltic Index Gains On Stronger Capesize Demand

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The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, rose over two percent on Tuesday to mark its biggest one-day percentage gain in about seven weeks, helped by stronger capesize rates. The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax and supramax shipping vessels, was up 22 points, or 2.31 percent, at 974 points. This was the biggest one-day percentage gain for the index since Feb. 21. The capesize index gained 76 points, or 8.9 percent, its biggest percentage rise since Jan. 24, to 930 points.

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