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Iron ore export resumes at Esperance Port

Friday, 14 December 2018 | 20:00

The MV Birte Oldendorff arrived at Esperance Port to collect about 110,000 tonnes of iron ore on Friday afternoon, December 14, marking the resumption of ore export after a six-month hiatus.

The vessel was the first to carry iron ore mined at the operation in Koolyanobbing under new owner Mineral Resources, after it acquired the operation in a sale announced just three weeks before shipping and rail out of Esperance was due to cease.

Cliffs Asia Pacific Iron Ore announced they would cease mining operations at Koolyanobbing in the January.

The acquisition, facilitated by the state government, safeguarded hundreds of regional jobs.

Southern Ports interim chief executive Alan Byers welcomed the recommencement of iron ore trade through Esperance and said the shipment was the result of cooperation between the state government, Mineral Resources and the Southern Ports team.

“It was only six months ago that more than 20 years of iron ore trade at Esperance came to a halt,” Mr Byers said.

“It is testament to the goodwill and teamwork of those involved that this shipment could be scheduled prior to the end of 2018.”

A second shipment of ore is scheduled to be loaded in Esperance on December 21 and depart on Monday, December 24.

The continuation of iron ore trade in the region helps support almost 100 jobs at Southern Ports.

Mr Byers said Southern Ports had worked with Mineral Resources to ensure plant, equipment and IT systems were fit-for-purpose.

The MV Birte Oldendorff is due to depart late on Monday, December 17.
Source: Esperance Express

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