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Changes To Port Dues Across Pilbara Port - Dampier
Pilbara Ports Authority’s Board has approved an increase to port dues at the ports of Dampier and Port Hedland, which will be applied to shipowners. The increase of 17% is limited to port dues levied on a vessel’s gross registered tonnage (GRT) and equates to between 3 and 4 cents per tonne. This is the first increase in port dues in three years, and is to be implemented by 1 October 2017. All other port fees remain on hold until 30 June 2018, as announced in December last year. Source: Pilbara Ports
Cyclone affecting NW coast of Australia
The Dampier Regional Harbour Master has advised that the port is now at Cyclone Response Stage 2 – Prepare, due the high probability of a tropical cyclone by late tomorrow (Wednesday 11 March) or early Thursday. Gales could occur on the NW Shelf as early as Thursday.
Australian cyclone shuts Rio Tinto ports
Australia’s first cyclone of the storm season is intensifying off the country's northwest, shutting key iron ore export terminals and disrupting coastal areas in mining powerhouse Western Australia state. Rio Tinto , the world's second-largest iron ore producer, has suspended ship loading at the ports of Dampier and Cape Lambert as Cyclone Narelle intensified off the northwest coast of Australia. BHP Billiton and Fortescue Metals Group, the world's third-largest and fourth biggest producers were closely monitoring the cyclone's progress as it heads toward land. "Operations are continuing throughout the business as usual," Fortescue said in a statement emailed Source Reuters / mining weeklyUpload News