BBC Chartering’s BBC PEARL on Iron Bridge Project is First Vessel to Arrive in Lumsden Point – Video
BBC Chartering have been entrusted by NMT GLOBAL PROJECT LOGISTICS and Fortescue Metals Group (FMG) to carry heavy-lift steel module structures, ancillary cargoes, and containers for the “Iron Bridge” project. A contract comprising a minimum shipment volume of 600,000 revenue tons. Heavy-lift modules and components will be assembled on site for the ore processing facility.
Loaded expertly by their resident port captain in Wison, China and received and discharged safely and efficiently by their partners Qube Stevedores in Port Hedland, BBC Chartering are excited to continue shipping lots ranging from 18-35,000 cubic meters comprising heavy lifts up to 300 metric tons into Lumsden Point, Port Hedland.
The high volume of cargo on this project has led to the establishment of Lumsden Point, which is currently a dedicated facility for FMG’s module discharge. This new berth will alleviate pressure on the existing Port Hedland infrastructure, allowing for a greater volume of project cargo to be received, as well as exports from the region. BBC Chartering’s commercial, technical staff and ship masters have been instrumental both reviewing and collaborating in the construction proposals with Pilbara ports, NMT and FMG as well as working through the physical challenges that a new port and berth presents.
The BBC PEARL was the first vessel to call at the new Lumsden Point facility on Tuesday 26 October 2021, which was nicely captured by Pilbara Ports Authority in their recent video below. Shipments for this project are ongoing and are expected to complete in April/May 2022.
Pilbara Ports Authority (PPA) Chief Executive Officer Roger Johnston said it was encouraging to see the utilisation of Lumsden Point by the private sector following the delivery of cargo in support of the Iron Bridge Magnetite Project, a joint venture between Fortescue Metals Group subsidiary FMG Magnetite Pty Ltd and Formosa Steel IB Pty Ltd.
The future development of Lumsden Point remains a strategic priority for the Pilbara Ports Authority and Government. Lumsden Point is envisaged to become a multi-user facility and logistics hub that will alleviate the demand on existing cargo berths at the Port of Port Hedland.
A recent report by ACIL Allen that found the development of Lumsden Point would result in approximately 2.5 million tonnes of additional cargo shipped through Port Hedland, supporting on average 460 jobs, each year.
The WA economy would also benefit, with the development forecast to boost Australia’s GDP by $9.6 billion over 30 years.
Source BBC Chartering and Pilbara Ports Authority