SPOTD: Loading Ore in Nhulunbuy, Australia

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(c) REUTERS/David Gray

On 16 July 2013, the 53,450 dwt bulk carrier Bridgegate was loaded with her cargo of bauxite at a port at the Rio Tinto alumina refinery in Gove, also known as Nhulunbuy, located 650 kilometers (404 miles) east of Darwin in Australia’s Northern Territory.

Reuters notes that Tony Abbott, the frontrunner to become Australia’s next prime minister, holds ambitious plans to develop the country’s sparse and inhospitable north by 2030 to attract a new wave of mining investment and boost agricultural exports to Asia.

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(c) REUTERS/David Gray