Pilbara Ports: New record in FY19/20 annual throughput – PPA exceeds 700Mt for the first time


The world’s largest bulk export port authority announces its June 2020 shipping figures and new records in total annual throughput, total monthly throughput and monthly throughput at the Port of Port Hedland.
June 2020 shipping figures and annual summary

Pilbara Ports Authority (PPA) has delivered a total annual throughput of 717.3 million tonnes (Mt) for the 2019/20 financial year. This result is an increase of 19.9Mt, or three per cent from the previous year and a new record for PPA.

In June 2020, PPA achieved a total monthly throughput of 68.2Mt, a six per cent increase on the same month in 2019 and a new record.

Iron ore throughput for June 2020 increased six per cent from June 2019, to 63.8Mt.

Port of Port Hedland

The Port of Port Hedland achieved a total annual throughput of 538.1Mt, an increase of 24.8Mt or five per cent from the previous year.

Annual iron ore exports totalled 531.5Mt, an increase of 24.9Mt or five per cent from the previous year.

The June monthly throughput at the Port of Port Hedland was 52.3Mt, which was the first time the port exceeded 50Mt throughput for the month. Iron ore accounted for 51.7Mt of the record figure.

The monthly throughput was a six per cent increase from June 2019. Iron ore exports for June also increased by six per cent from June 2019.

June imports through the Port of Port Hedland totalled 191,000 tonnes, an increase of two per cent from the same month in 2019.

Port of Dampier

The Port of Dampier delivered a total annual throughput of 167.9Mt, which was a decrease of 5Mt or three per cent from the previous year.

In June the Port of Dampier delivered a total monthly throughput of 14.9Mt which was an increase of 1Mt or eight per cent.

Imports for the year totalled 1.2Mt, an increase of 54,000 tonnes or five per cent from the previous year. June 2020 imports totalled 127,000 tonnes, an increase of 41,000 tonnes or 47 per cent.

Comment from Pilbara Ports Authority Chief Executive Officer, Mr Roger Johnston:

“I am pleased to announce this new record for total annual throughput across PPA’s three ports, which has been achieved amidst the challenges of a global pandemic.

“The ports of Ashburton, Dampier and Port Hedland have continued to operate throughout COVID-19, delivering safe and reliable marine and landside operations for the benefit of the resources sector and the State of Western Australia.

“I acknowledge the difficult circumstances that vessels and seafarers have faced during the pandemic. PPA continues to provide support, and to assist them, as best we can.

“The ports are critical to Western Australia’s economic recovery from the pandemic. A recent economic study has found the Port of Port Hedland and its supply chain contributed 20 per cent of WA’s Gross State Product in 2018/19, and underpinned one in every 12 jobs across the State. These figures are likely to be considerably more in FY19/20.

“PPA sincerely thanks its port users, contractors and suppliers for their contribution to the 700Mt milestone.

“PPA continues to invest in and grow its facilities to offer services to new and existing customers.
Source: Pilbara Ports Authority



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