Fortescue welcomes fifth ore carrier to Port Hedland

The FMG Matilda ceremony

Fortescue Metals Group’s latest ore carrier has arrived in Port Hedland, Western Australia.

FMG Matilda, which follows on from FMG Nicola, FMG Grace, FMG Sophia and FMG Sydney, was welcomed last week by the Forrest family.

They were joined by families of Fortescue’s residential workforce, who participated in the traditional blessing ceremony on board the vessel.

“Family is at the heart of Fortescue’s values and I am delighted to have my family here, as well as the extended Fortescue family living in Hedland to welcome this magnificent vessel,” Fortescue chairman Andrew Forrest said.

“The name of this vessel – Matilda – is especially poignant for us as it is named after our baby girl who passed from us just before her birth.”

FMG Matilda is the first of four remaining ore carriers to be built at China’s Guangzhou Shipyard International, following the construction and delivery of the previous four vessels.

Fortescue chief financial officer elect Ian Wells said the miner was excited to welcome the fifth vessel in its fleet, which was designed to complement its port infrastructure.

“When complete, the fleet will provide approximately 12 per cent of Fortescue’s total shipping requirements while maximising tonnage, improving loading rates and safer manoeuvring through the port and channel,” Wells said.

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