Pilbara Ports Authority (PPA) has released its April shipping figures for its ports in the Pilbara region, Western Australia, which delivered throughput of 59.1 million tonnes (Mt) for the month, a seven per cent year-over-year (YoY) increase.
The Port of Port Hedland achieved most of this, with a throughput of 43.7Mt for April, a minor YoY increase of 2 per cent, while the Port of Dampier achieved a 15.2Mt throughput, a smaller amount but a much larger YoY increase of 25 per cent.
Iron ore exports from Port Hedland remained consistent, up 1 per cent from April 2017 figures to 42.6Mt.
Imports saw the biggest YoY boosts in April; the Port of Port Hedland saw imports totalling 115,000t, an 18 per cent increase from April 2017, while the Port of Dampier exceeded this figure with 128,000t, a large YoY increase of 66 per cent.
In January this year, PPA announced that it had achieved a record monthly throughput of 63.8Mt for December 2017, including a monthly iron ore export record of 60.1Mt.
Additionally, both the Port of Port Hedland and Port of Dampier achieved monthly records in December 2017 of 47.1Mt and 16.7Mt, respectively.