Rio Tinto, which historically has used the Fremantle port in Perth for its freight shipping route between Australia and Singapore, will now be connected with the Port of Dampier.
Under a new commercial freight shipping service agreement, the company’s mines in the Pilbara will be able to receive essential maintenance items such as rail wagon wheels and parts, oil and lubricants.
Future shipments will include heavy equipment tyres, conveyor belts, rail wagon and locomotive parts and mining consumables.
Rio Tinto officials said the new shipping service will be cheaper for its bottom line, and also cleaner and faster.
The first freight has already come into Port of Dampier; the MCP Graz arrived from Asia on 17 February. The route is quicker, at jus six days versus 10, and will save Rio about 3 million litres of diesel annually.
Moving forward, the mining operator wants to see more than 50% of its freight requirements to the Pilbara arrive utilising this service – a service that will also be available to local businesses.
Source: Rio Tinto