The Australian Pilbara Ports Authority, which is the ports of Ashburton, Dampier, Port Hedland and Varanus Island, has announced a fourth consecutive year of record-breaking throughput in the ports and that the ports ended the financial year strongly.

Pilbara Ports states it had a three per cent increase when compared to last financial year, and it had totally 752.4 million metric tonnes cargo handled in 2022-23, worth an estimated $164 billion in cargo value.

The Pilbara Ports Authority declares that more than 43 per cent of global iron ore trade and 7.5 per cent of global LNG trade passed through the Pilbara Ports in 2022-23, and the strong result was achieved with 17,500 safe vessel movements being more than 48 movements each day across all four operational ports.

Pilbara Ports CEO, Samuel McSkimming said that “Our priority as an organisation is to support the ambitions of our customers. To facilitate demand, we’re embarking on several projects, including building new multi-user wharfs at Port Hedland and Dampier. Lumsden Point in Port Hedland will enable the export of battery metals, an integral part of the global push to net-zero emissions. It will also facilitate the import of renewable energy infrastructure, including wind turbines and blades, supporting Western Australia’s sustainability goals,” and he also mentions that “Our Dampier Cargo Wharf Projects will include the construction of a new wharf in support of the multibillion-dollar Perdaman Urea Project, a link bridge and existing wharf upgrades, which will equip the Port of Dampier to handle more trade, reach international urea markets and diversify trade.”