FMG Amanda, the second iron ore carrier to join Fortescue Metals Group’s fleet this year, has arrived in Port Hedland, Western Australia.
Designed to complement Fortescue’s port infrastructure, the ore carrier fleet will take on approximately 12 per cent of the company’s total shipping requirements when complete.
The fleet is designed to maximise Fortescue’s freight capacity, and to improve loading rates and safer manoeuvring through the port and channel.
FMG Amanda is the third of four ore carriers built at Guangzhou Shipyard International in China.
The first four ore carriers – FMG Nicola, FMG Grace, FMG Sophia and FMG Sydney – were built at Yangzijiang Shipyard in Jiangsu province.
Named for a participant of Fortescue’s Vocational Training and Employment Centre (VTEC) program in 1999, FMG Amanda was celebrated by Amanda Bennell, Bennell’s family, Fortescue founder and chairman Andrew Forrest and Fortescue’s latest VTEC team.
Forrest said, “The FMG Amanda has been named to reflect [Bennell’s] hard work and determination, and act as a reminder of the great opportunities that exist when people are offered a hand up, not a hand out.
“Amanda has overcome great adversity to live a happy and fulfilling life with her family, and contribute to her community.”
Bennell said VTEC provided her with a chance for a future.
Since VTEC’s inception a decade ago, 797 Aboriginal people have begun employment with Fortescue, while a further 849 Aboriginal people have received driver education, and health and literacy support services from the program.