BBC Chartering provided an update on its role in the Iron Bridge project in Australia, where it is delivering multiple heavy lift and breakbulk items.

NMT Global Project Logistics and Fortescue Metals Group (FMG) contracted BBC Chartering to carry steel module structures, ancillary cargoes, and containers for the Iron Bridge project. The mine is anticipated to produce 22 million tonnes of iron per annum for export.  

Cargoes are loaded in Wison, China, and discharged by Qube Stevedores in Port Hedland. BBC Chartering is running lots ranging from 18,000-35,000 cu m comprising heavy lifts up to 300 tonnes into Port Hedland.  

The high volume of cargo on this project led to the establishment of Pilbara Ports Authority’s (PPA) 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 PPA, NMT and FMG as well as working through the physical challenges that a new port and berth presents. 

BBC Pearl was the first vessel to call at Lumsden Point, arriving on October 26, 2021.