Southern Ports Esperance is continuing its expansion towards major commodities with two new trades introduced this year.
The latest of which was the inaugural shipment of copper and nickel from IGO’s Nova operations, which departed from Esperance on Monday evening.
The Nova Project is located near the Fraser Range, 120km east of Norseman.
The 187 metre-long bulk carrier VOGE EMMA was loaded with 5500 tonnes of copper and 6700 tonnes of nickel in the first trade of its type through the Esperance Port.
The first new trade this year was a source of lithium called spodumene, from Galaxy Resources’ mine near Ravensthorpe.
Southern Ports chief executive Nicolas Fertin said the new agreement with IGO was part of the future of trade at Esperance.
“Trade has changed dramatically from what was a traditional agriculture base 15 years ago of fertiliser and fuel imports and grain exports to now being a major commodities exporter with iron ore making up a major export, plus growing areas like nickel, copper and spodumene,” Mr Fertin said.
“The port acts as a gateway between this resource-rich region and overseas and interstate customers, so it is incredibly important to collaborate closely with port users to make our exports as competitive and efficient as possible.”
The agreement includes a stevedoring licence for QUBE which includes product handling.
“There is increasing cost pressures being experienced by port users in relation to supply chains which makes service providers like Qube an attractive option,” Mr Fertin said.