Australia Clears Iron Ore Ports as Cyclone Approaches

MELBOURNE, March 21 (Reuters) - The operator of Australia's key iron ore exporting ports said it was clearing ships from the sites as a severe tropical cyclone heads towards the northwestern coast, while miners were also bracing for a separate cyclone in the northeast. The northwestern ports of Port Hedland, Dampier and Ashburton were beginning to clear anchorages and … [Read more...]

Derailed Train Expected to Impact Australian Iron Ore Exports

By Melanie Burton MELBOURNE, Nov 7 (Reuters) - Mining giant BHP Billiton expects some interruption to its Australian iron ore exports after a nearly 3-km-long train loaded with the commodity was forcibly derailed this week after running away en route to a key shipping hub. BHP said in a statement on Wednesday that its reserves of the steelmaking ingredient at the Port … [Read more...]

Body of Missing Helicopter Pilot Located Off Port Hedland

Search crews have located the body of the missing helicopter pilot whose aircraft crashed in the waters off Port Hedland, Western Australia last week during a marine pilot transfer at Australia's busiest iron ore loading port. The Pilbara Port Authority announced Saturday that the body of the missing pilot was located along with the helicopter wreckage one day after the … [Read more...]

One Missing After Marine Pilot Transfer Helicopter Ditches Off Port Hedland, Western Australia

Friday Update - Search operations for the missing helicopter pilot off Port Hedland resumed Friday morning involving four vessels, seven helicopters and AMSA’s Challenger search and rescue jet. Thursday - A helicopter used to transfer marine pilots to and from ships at Australia's largest iron ore loading port has crashed in the waters off Western Australia, leaving one … [Read more...]

Damen to Build Six Tugs for Port Hedland Bulk Ops

A subsidiary of Fortescue Metals Group has placed an order with Dutch shipbuilder Damen for the construction of six 32-meter Rotor Tugs to be deployed at the company's facilities at Port Hedland in Western Australia, the world’s largest bulk export port. From there, Fortescue exports 165-170 million tonnes of iron ore per year. The order was placed by Pilbara Marine, a … [Read more...]