Esperance – Sibling Port To Freo

Esperance is located approximately 600kms east-southeast of Fremantle, has a population of 12,000 – and her own Esperance Port.

The Port has its own stevedoring capability and most product handling equipment is owned and operated by Southern Ports.

Exports include nickel, iron ore, wood products and grain, and imports include fuel and fertiliser.

In 2002, Esperance Port received a $54 million upgrade, making it the deepest port in southern Australia.

Since then, the Port has experienced significant growth, with 200 ships and 11 million tonnes of trade passing through each year.

There are 3 ships in port just now (and one on anchor) –

* MSC Astrid, a container ship heading to Tanjung, Pelepas with a cargo of minerals and grain
* African Jay, cargo ship heading to Vietnam with a cargo of grain, and
* Berge Rishiri, another bulk carrier.

Empress Zonda, a bulk carrier, is on anchor.

Here’s a nice gallery of Esperance Port, snapped by our Jean Hudson this morning.

* Words and pictures in this article by Jean Hudson @jeansodyssey

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