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Port Hedland – The World’s Biggest Bulk Export Port [IMAGES]

Rob Almeida
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July 30, 2013

(c) Garth Armstrong

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.

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