Fortescue celebrates a berth-day

Fortescue Metals Group has commissioned a second ship loading berth at its Herb Elliott Port at Port Hedland that will increase capacity to 55 million tonnes per annum (Mta).

Fortescue Metals Group has commissioned a second ship loading berth at its Herb Elliott Port at Port Hedland that will increase capacity to 55 million tonnes per annum (Mta).

The 165,000 tonne Lowlands Beilun was loaded and departed from the new berth on December 23, 2008.

The system allows a single ship to use two loading docks, giving Fortescue a far more streamlined and flexible loading structure, executive director of operations Graeme Rowley said.

“The new process will reduce the ship changeover times by more than three hours which is important to accommodate the tidal constraints of Port Hedland harbour,” Rowley said.

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