The Port of Port Hedland received the coveted Port of the Year award at the 2020 Australian Shipping and Maritime Industry awards last week.
The awards are an annual, independent event run by maritime publication Daily Cargo News, that recognises the best ports, organisations, services and individuals in the industry.
The award acknowledged the economic importance of the port to the regional, State and national economies, and the port’s year-on-year throughput increases from 446.9 million t in 2014/2015 to a record 538.2 million t in 2019/2020.
Port of Port Hedland Harbour Master, Captain Heathcliff Pimento, said the port had delivered the record 2019/20 throughput despite the extra demands created by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Capt. Pimento said the award recognised the ongoing investment in the port and its marine technology.
“In recent years there has been significant investment in the port so we can continue to offer safe and reliable port services while increasing total port capacity by 6.9%,” Captain Pimento said.
“Projects have included the AUS$120 million Channel Risk and Optimisation Project to deliver an emergency passing lane in the outer shipping channel and create a dedicated refuge zone for disabled ships.
“The Channel Marker Replacement Project replaced 35 offshore and three land-based navigation markers to ensure the safe passage of vessels through the channel, and the AUS$55.3 million Hedland Tower, which was launched in 2019.”
The Port of Port Hedland came out ahead to receive the Port of the Year title against other leading Australian ports including the Port of Brisbane, the Port of Melbourne, and the Port of Newcastle.
Read the article online at: https://www.drybulkmagazine.com/ports-terminals/24022021/port-hedland-named-australias-port-of-the-year/