Fortescue breaks Port Hedland Harbour Record

PORT HEDLAND, Western Australia - Fortescue Metals Group (Fortescue) has broken the record for the largest single iron ore shipment to leave Port Hedland overnight.

The Herb Elliott Port facility finished loading 254,010 tonnes of Fortescue iron ore onto the vessel Abigail N on Thursday 15 November, breaking the previous record by 5,644 tonnes. It took just over 35 hours to load the 327 metre long vessel.

The Fortescue loaded vessel also set a new record for the largest ever Dead Weight Tonnage (DWT) ship to come into the port at 297,430 tonnes.

Fortescue CEO Nev Power said the company was delighted to set the record.

“This achievement demonstrates Fortescue’s ability to continually get the best results out of its world class infrastructure and is a credit to our great shipping and operations teams,” Mr Power said.

Fortescue has shipped more than 192 million tonnes of iron ore from the Port since its first shipment in 2008.

The vessel, under Captain Edgar Albuquerque, set sale for Qingdao, China last night and is expected to reach its destination on 30 November 2012.

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The Abigail N left Port Hedland with a record 254,010 tonnes on board.