While visiting Port Kembla recently for PKPCs annual Customer Function, NSW Minister for Ports Duncan Gay took the opportunity to announce the ports trade results for the 2011/2012 financial year.
Figures for the port show that total trade in the 12 months ending June 30 2012 reached 32,196 million tonnes, down slightly on the record 33,597 achieved in 2010/2011. This is a good result for the port given the announcement by BlueScope Steel in August last year to significantly reduce their operations in Port Kembla.
The 32.194 million tonnes comprised 21.0 million tonnes of exports and 11.2 million tonnes of imports.
A major contributor to this positive outcome for the year was grain exports. The grain trade saw a marked improvement over results in the last few years with 2.9 million tonnes being exported (up significantly on the 1.6 million recorded last year) and a record grain export for the port.
Port Kembla is the principal grain exporting port for producers in Southern and South-Western NSW and predictions for the coming year suggest exports continue to be strong.
In terms of imports, motor vehicles and other machinery accounted for 4.8 million revenue tonnes, which is up on the 3.8 million from last year. Coal & Coke exports reached 15.3 million tonnes, almost 1 million tonnes over the figures for the previous year.
Shipping numbers remained steady with 1010 vessel visits for the financial year, marginally down from the record 1014 in 2010/2011. This figure is particularly impressive considering the reduction in activities at BlueScope Steel.