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As our projects team have been working on multiple Breakbulk shipments to the Port of Dampier we thought we’d take a look at some of the historical background and port capabilities for Australia’s largest bulk export port.  

Dampier is located in the Pilbara Region of Western Australia, approximately 1550 kilometres north of Perth. It sits looking out to the Indian Ocean and is owned by the Pilabara Ports Authority who also own several other ports in the Western Australian region.

Historical Background

Iron Ore Mines & Railways in Pilbara

Iron Ore Mines & Railways in Pilbara

The port town of Dampier is named after the English buccaneer William Dampier who visited in 1688. He was the first Englishman to explore parts of what is today Australia and has been described as Australia’s first natural historian.

The Port of Dampier officially opened in 1966 when the first iron ore was transported via the Hamersley and Rove river railway to parker point and from there loaded onto ships. Now the Port is the largest tonnage shipping port in Australia, housing export facilities for companies like Hamersley Iron and Dampier Salt.

Port Capabilities

A recent press release highlighted the ports success in 2015/2016 with record throughput of 200,000 tonnes from the previous year. Imports for the year increased by 6% and in June 2016 the Port saw an increase in throughput of 10% from the same month in 2015.



For more information follow the link here to download ‘The Pilbara Port Authority Port of Dampier Handbook

Why not take a look at Tuscor Lloyds recent Breakbulk project to Dampier here.


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