Port of Port Hedland receives Port of the Year award
The port's role in the economic recovery from COVID-19 has been honored with a prestigious award. Last week, the Port of Hedland was named Port of the Year at the 2020 Australian Shipping and Maritime Industry Awards.
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 per cent. Projects have included the $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," said Port of Port Hedland Harbour Master, Captain Heathcliff Pimento.
The awards are an international, independent event organized by the maritime publication Daily Cargo News that recognizes the industry's best ports, organizations, facilities, and individuals.
The award recognized the port's economic significance to the provincial, state, and national economies, as well as the port's year-over-year throughput growth from 446.9 million tonnes in 2014/15 to a record 538.2 million tonnes in 2019/20.
Despite the additional demands generated by the COVID-19 pandemic, Captain Heathcliff Pimento, Harbour Master of the Port of Port Hedland, said the port had delivered a record 2019/20 throughput.
Maritime Business World