Port Hedland is located in the North West Pilbara region of Western Australia and is the world’s biggest bulk export port by tonnage. The port regularly sails up to 6 Capesize vessels per tide according to Port Hedland ship agent, Garth Armstrong.
The following are some of their record statistics:
- Most tons of iron ore on a single tide: 1,059,740 metric tons
- Most tons on a single vessel: 256,646 metric tons Port Hedland (on Wednesday evening, 24 July 2013) aboard the Fortescue-loaded vessel, PSU Eighth
- Record throughput tonnage for the port this year: 288.4 million metric tons.
The port currently has expansion plans for the construction of 4 more Capesize berths starting early 2014.