Southern Ports Bunbury Celebrates New Trade Record!
- Published: 14 July 2021
We are pleased to announce the Port of Bunbury broke an overall trade record for the year 2020-21!
17.11 million tonnes of product was traded through the Port, breaking the previous record of 16.95 million tonnes in 2017-18 by 160,000 tonnes.
CEO Steve Lewis said this was a great achievement for the Port, with strong trade figures for all commodities.
“The South West region experienced a very strong harvest this year, which helped our grain exports surpass its previous record,” Steve said.
“Strong organic growth in other commodities such as alumina also supported the trade record, showing positive progress in our growing port. It is truly a team effort to facilitate this much trade, and I’d like to extend my thanks and congratulations to our staff, port users and other stakeholders for their support.”
444 vessels were moved in the Port to facilitate the trade, which saw the following breakdown of products transported:
- 14,015,162 tonnes of minerals
- 1,067,472 tonnes of wood products
- 1,482,416 tonnes of other products
- 552,521 tonnes of grain
Steve said the record year was especially pleasing in the light of the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic.
“When the global pandemic hit last year, Southern Ports identified continuing to support the WA freight task by keeping our Ports open for cargo vessels as one of our key goals. To break this trade record even in these challenging conditions is a testament to the strength of the South West region’s industries and economy.”