The port of Port Kembla has had its busiest year on record in 2009/2010 seeing higher trade volumes and more vessel visits than ever before.
Figures for the port show that total trade in the 12 months ending June 30 2010 reached 31.05 million tonnes, up 17.7% from the 26.4 million tonnes recorded in 2008/09.
This trade figure is an all time record for the port and surpasses the previous record by 13.7%. The previous record of 27.3 million tonnes was achieved in 2007/2008.
The port saw a substantial increase in Motor Vehicle imports recording 3.92 million revenue tonnes an 80% increase on the previous year.
This record was supported by total Coal and Coke exports of 14.04 million tonnes, 385k more than in the previous year, accounting for 46% of total trade throughput.
The other major achievement for the port was the number of vessel visits. Port Kembla recorded 1001 vessel visits for the 2009/2010 financial year surpassing the previous record of 862 achieved in 2008/2009.
The increase in vessel visits has been made possible due to the work completed in the last few years to develop the ports Inner Harbour making it the state vehicle importing hub.
Port Kembla Port Corporation CEO Dom Figliomeni said the growth in trade and ship visits have been the catalyst for the planning for the development of the port Outer Harbour. "This development will ensure that the port continues to support the growing economic requirements of the region and NSW" said Mr Figliomeni.
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