The Pilbara Ports Authority has recorded an increase in monthly throughput, delivering 52.3 million tonnes (Mt) in January, up 12 per cent from the same time last year.
The rise in shipments came despite the suspension of operations at Dampier and Port Hedland, which halted for for 38 hours and just over 17 hours respectively because of a tropical low.
Port Hedland cited a monthly throughput of 40.5Mt, a 19 per cent increase from last year.
The port set a new monthly throughput record in December last year, delivering 44.5 million tonnes (Mt).
Iron ore exports reached a total of 40.2Mt, having a similar 19 per cent increase from the same month last year.
However, imports for the month slumped, totalling 122,000 tonnes – a nine per cent decrease from the year before.
The Port of Dampier delivered a monthly throughput of 11.8Mt, a seven per cent decrease from the year before. Imports at the port reached 114,000 tonnes, jumping 53 per cent from the previous year.