Grain and woodchip export help increase trade

Southern Ports - Esperance has recorded an increase in trade in 2016/17 thanks to more grain and woodchip exports.
Southern Ports - Esperance has recorded an increase in trade in 2016/17 thanks to more grain and woodchip exports.

Southern Ports – Esperance is celebrating a new record in trade thanks to an increase in grain and woodchip exports.

Southern Ports chief executive Nicolas Fertin said the total trade of 15.5 million tonnes was an increase of 1.6 per cent on the previous year, and an increase of 10.5 per cent from five years ago.

“We have continued to invest in infrastructure including sealing roads at Esperance and facilitated private investment in new technology including rotating containers to achieve this result,” Mr Fertin said.

More than 54,000 tonnes of spodumene from Galaxy Resources Mt Cattlin mine and 11,500 tonnes of copper and nickel from Independent Group’s Nova minesite were exported using Qube Holding’s rotating container technology.

The company was also awarded stevedoring work for Southern Pacific Fibre’s ongoing woodchip exports.

Mr Fertin said the trade landscape had changed dramatically from an agriculture base to exporting major commodities like iron ore, nickel, copper and spodumene.