Port Of Dampier News

07 Feb 2020

Baltic Index Falls

© amophoto.net / Adobe Stock

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index declined on Friday as lower rates for capesize and supramax segments offset gains in the panamax category.The Baltic index, which tracks rates for capesize, panamax and supramax vessels to ferry dry bulk commodities, dropped 16 points, or 3.7%, to 415.The main index has lost nearly 14.8% this week, its ninth consecutive week of decline.The capesize index fell 47 points to a negative 234, down for the 41st straight session.Average daily earnings for capesizes…

06 Sep 2019

Pilbara Ports Throughput Up 6% During August

Pic: Port of Port Hedland

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

Image: Pilbara Ports Authority

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…

05 Apr 2019

Pilbara Ports Throughput Down by 13%

Pic: Pilbara Ports Authority

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.

07 Jul 2017

Pilbara Ports Breaks Cargo Handling Record

Photo: Pilbara Ports Authority

Pilbara Ports Authority (PPA) has delivered a record annual throughput of 668.5 million tonnes (Mt) for the 2016/17 financial year. This is an increase of 35Mt or 6% from last year’s annual throughput. In June 2017, PPA achieved a total monthly throughput of 55.8Mt, a slight decrease of 53,000 tonnes from the previous year. The Port of Port Hedland achieved a record annual throughput of 500.9Mt, an increase of 40.5Mt or 9% from the previous year. Iron ore exports for the year totalled 494.6Mt, an increase of 40.3Mt or 9% from the previous year.

20 Jun 2017

AMSG Wins Contract to Upgrade Vessel Tracking

John Sugarman (Photo: AMSG)

A contract to upgrade the ‘nerve center’ for shipping at the Barrow Island port proves the resources sector is continuing to fuel big opportunities for Australian firms. Australian Maritime Systems Group (AMSG) has been awarded a contract by Chevron Australia to design and install a new Vessel Tracking Service (VTS) system to manage shipping to and from the Chevron-operated Gorgon Project on Barrow Island, 60km off the north-west coast of Western Australia. AMSG Managing Director John Sugarman said the new Vessel Tracking System will utilize state-of-the-art radar and software systems.

13 Apr 2017

High-tech VTS System to Guide Iron Ore Giants

John Sugarman (Photo: Australian Maritime Systems Group)

One of Australia’s most important economic gateways will soon house a state-of-the-art shipping management control system to be installed at Port Hedland, the world’s largest bulk export port. The system includes a command and control system integrated with advanced radar, long-range closed circuit TV and voice radio technology to safely manage and guide thousands of ship movements in and out of the tidally constrained port with pinpoint precision. The Vessel Traffic Service (VTS)…

20 Feb 2017

LNG Bunkering Commences in Australia

(Photo: EVOL)

Under an agreement with Woodside, EVOL LNG refueled the platform supply vessel, Siem Thiima, on January 23 at King Bay Supply Base near Dampier. Business Manager, Nick Rea sees it as just the beginning. “Our decision to enter the LNG bunkering market is part of a long-term strategy that recognizes environmental and economic sustainability of LNG as a transport fuel,” said Rea. “It also recognizes that the LNG marine fuel market is still in development so the fact EVOL has over…

08 Feb 2017

Weather Halts North West Shelf Liftings

Loading of cargoes from Australia's North West Shelf (NWS) liquefied natural gas (LNG) and condensate project has been halted due to adverse weather, traders with direct knowledge of the matter said on Wednesday. It remains unclear when cargo loadings at the port of Dampier will resume, said one person familiar with the matter who is facing loading delays for a cargo of NWS condensate. In an emailed statement, Pilbara Ports Authority - which manages ports in the area - said LNG cargo loadings are likely to have stopped "as at the ports of Ashburton and Dampier, the ports and anchorages continue to remain clear of vessels". The NWS project is operated by Australian firm Woodside Petroleum.

06 Jan 2017

Pilbara Ports' Throughput Zooms

Port Hedland Photo Pilbara Ports Authority

Pilbara Ports Authority has delivered a total monthly throughput of 60.5 million tonnes (Mt) for the month of December 2016. This is an increase of 12% from the same month in 2015. The Port of Port Hedland achieved a monthly throughput of 44.5 Mt, an increase of 17% from the previous year and a new monthly throughput record for the Port. 2015. Imports totalled 149,000 tonnes, a decrease of 10,000 tonnes or 6% from the previous year. The Port of Dampier delivered a total monthly throughput of 15.9 Mt, a slight increase from the previous year.

08 Aug 2016

Pilbara Ports Volume Up 2%

Courtesy Pilbara Ports Authority

Pilbara Ports Authority (PPA) delivered a total monthly throughput of 52.9 million tonnes (Mt) in the month of July 2016, amounting to an increase of 2% from the same month in 2015. The PPA which operates as a Western Australian Government Trading Enterprise, also saw  Port of Port Hedland achieved a monthly throughput of 39 Mt, an increase of 9% from the previous year. Iron ore exports for the month totalled 38.7 Mt an increase of 10% from the same month in 2015. Imports totalled 113,000 tonnes, a decrease of 44,000 tonnes or 28% from the previous year.

07 Jun 2016

Pilbara Ports Volume Up 2%

Logo

Pilbara Ports Authority has delivered a total monthly throughput of 53.6 million tonnes (Mt) for the month of May. This is an increase of 2% from the same month in 2015. The Port of Port Hedland achieved a monthly throughput of 39.8Mt, an increase of 3% from the previous year. Iron ore exports for the month totalled 39.3Mt an increase of 4% from the same month in 2015. Imports totalled 132,000 tonnes, a decrease of 29,000 tonnes or 18% from the previous year. The Port of Dampier delivered a total monthly throughput of 13.8Mt, an increase of 1% from the same month in 2015.

29 Jan 2016

Weather Shutters Australia's Port Hedland

Australia's Port Hedland was officially closed earlier on Friday following warnings from the weather bureau that a tropical cyclone was developing off the northern coast, Pilbara Ports Authority said in a statement. Port Hedland, which handles about a fifth of the world's seaborne iron ore trade, is used by BHP Billiton and Fortescue Metals Group, with the lion's share of shipments headed for Chinese steel mills. Port of Dampier will also officially close at 1000 GMT, Pilbara Ports Authority said on its website. "The ports will reopen when the cyclone has crossed the coast, and once authorities give the all clear," it said. The Australian government's Bureau of Meteorology on Friday said Tropical Cyclone Stan had formed north-northwest of Port Headland in Western Australia.

28 Jan 2016

Pilbara Ports being Evacuated

Logo

Pilbara Ports Authority has commenced evacuating the inner and outer anchorages at the Port of Port Hedland, as a tropical low, 315km from Port Hedland, continues to track toward the Pilbara coast in a southerly direction at six knots.   The evacuation of vessels at both anchorages is expected to be complete by midday (AWST).   The Port of Dampier is expected to begin evacuating vessels from the outer anchorage from 6pm tonight (AWST).   The Port of Ashburton remains open, however PPA will continue to monitor weather conditions.

07 Dec 2015

Pilbara Port Volume Up 7%

Courtesy Pilbara Ports Authority

Pilbara Ports Authority (PPA) has delivered a total monthly throughput of 52.6 million tonnes (Mt) for the month of November. This is an increase of 7% from the same month in 2014. The Port of Port Hedland achieved a monthly throughput of 37.9 Mt, an increase of 9% from the same month in 2014. Iron ore exports for the month totalled 37.3Mt, an increase of 8% from the same month in 2014. Imports totalled 130,000 tonnes, a decrease of 81,000 tonnes or 38% from the previous year. The Port of Dampier delivered a total monthly throughput of 14.7Mt, an increase of 3% from the same month in 2014.

28 Jul 2015

New Load Measurement Solution for Port of Dampier

Photo courtesy of Strainstall

Strainstall designs and delivers a load measurement solution for the world’s largest floating wharf at Port of Dampier. Strainstall, part of James Fisher and Sons plc, was commissioned to design and deliver a load monitoring system for the Dampier Floating Deck - the world’s largest floating wharf at the port of Dampier, Western Australia. The wharf, located in some of the most challenging marine operational conditions, is a new concept in jetty extension and Strainstall’s bespoke…

13 Jun 2015

Egypt Receives LNG Shipment from Australia

Woodside Rogers. Photo by Maran Gas Maritime Inc.

Egypt received a cargo of liquefied natural gas from Australia after the exporter sent two shipments to the region in the past two years, signaling increasing demand, reports The Daily Star. The Woodside Rogers tanker arrived at Egypt's Ain Sokhna terminal Thursday after loading at Australia's Dampier port on May 12, according to ship-tracking data on Bloomberg. The 159,760-cubic-metre cargo aboard the Woodside Rogers loaded at the port of Dampier, which serves as the loading point for two LNG export plants, Pluto and North West Shelf. Both plants are operated by Woodside Petroleum.

01 May 2015

Cyclone Threat Closes Australian LNG Port

SYDNEY, May 1 (Reuters) - An Australian port used by Chevron for liquefied natural gas exports has been forced to close by a cyclone off the country's west coast. The Port of Ashburton was shut at 0400 GMT, the Pilbara Ports Authority said. But Australia's largest iron ore export terminal, Port Hedland, and the port of Dampier, one of two used by Rio Tinto to ship iron ore, remain open, the authority added. Tropical Cyclone Quang is expected to hit the Australian west coast within a few hours, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology said, bringing winds up to 100 kilometres per hour. The cyclone is expected to weaken as it makes landfall, the weather bureau said. (Reporting by Colin Packham

01 May 2015

Tropical Cyclone nears Dampier Port

According to the Australian Bureau of Meteorology's update at 0600 hours local time today (30 April), Severe Tropical Cyclone Quang has just reached category 4 intensity. The cyclone lies about 785km (425NM) northwest of NW Cape. Further intensification is possible. landfall. Nevertheless, gales may persist in southern quadrants, particularly the southeast, as late as Saturday. The Port of Dampier is currently at Cyclone Response Stage 1 – Monitor, with Pilbara Ports Authority monitoring the weather system and assessing its likely path and potential impact on the Port of Dampier. 1) Engines and machinery are fully operational. 2) Vessel stability, trim, and propeller immersion are appropriate. 3) Manning, stores and bunkers are adequate.

12 Mar 2015

Cyclone Warning for Australian Ports

Cyclone pic courtesy Bureau of Meteorology

The Australian Bureau of Meteorology has issued and update on Tropical Cyclone Nathan, which has formed in the Coral Sea off the East coast of Australia. It appears that Cairns North may be affected, and Cape Flattery is currently closed awaiting the cyclone to pass. However, at this stage, it does not appear the Queensland Coal Ports will be affected though there is the possibility of heavy rainfall once the cyclone dissipates. The Port of Dampier is at Cyclone Response Stage 3 – Clear Port…

10 Mar 2015

Potential Cyclone Affecting NW Australia

Map of the Region around Port of Dampier. Courtesy from Wikipedia

Dampier Port Authority has advised that there is a high probability of a tropical cyclone forming by late Wednesday or early Thursday between Indonesia and North West WA. It is possible that this cyclone will affect coastal waters including Dampier by the end of the week. Port of Dampier is currently at Cyclone Response Stage 1 – Monitor. The situation will continue to be monitored andupdates witll be issued as the situation becomes more clear. The Australian Bureau of Meteorology states there is an indicated increased risk of tropical cyclone formation by late Wednesday.

26 Jan 2015

New Chemical Handling Service from Ferguson Group

Ferguson Group’s Gap Ridge Chemical handling facilities. (Photo: Ferguson Group)

Tank, Fluid Solutions and Bunded Storage for Dangerous Goods and Chemicals Introduced at Gap Ridge, Karratha. Ferguson Group Australia, global specialist in offshore DNV 2.7-1/EN12079 containers, tanks, refrigerated modules, engineering workspace and accommodation modules, has introduced a range of chemical services from its new base in Gap Ridge, Karratha WA. The purpose built base in Gap Ridge, Karratha was designed with integral chemical storage and handling facilities. Gap Ridge is within easy reach of ports, reducing the time taken to transport chemicals offshore.

20 Jan 2015

Australian Ports on Tropical Cyclone Alert

The ports of Port Hedland, Broome and Dampier have advised of precautions being taken in light of a Tropical Low which is expected to develop into a Tropical Cyclone last night. The Tropical Low is positioned just east of Derby and tracking WSW'ly towards the coast. The low is now expected to move over open water and develop into a Tropical Cyclone later tonight, before tracking parallel to the Pilbara coast during Tuesday (20 January). Port Hedland's Harbour Master advises that the port will commence anchorage evacuation this morning and inner harbour evacuations this afternoon following scheduled sailings on the morning high tide. Terminals are to liaise with PPA to identify vessels that will cease cargo and require re-berthing after all clear.

Maritime Reporter E-News subscription

Maritime Reporter E-News is the maritime industry's largest circulation and most authoritative ENews Service, delivered to your Email five times per week

Subscribe for Maritime Reporter E-News