Fortescue Metals Group’s (Fortescue) fourth ore carrier FMG Sydney has been welcomed into Port Hedland by Fortescue Founder and Chairman Mr Andrew Forrest, following the deliveries of FMG Nicola, FMG Grace and FMG Sophia.
Mr Forrest was joined by his son, Sydney Forrest - the ship’s namesake, Fortescue team members and students from the Hedland Senior High School Trade Training Centre, at a ceremony on the ship to celebrate the arrival.
“It’s terrific to celebrate the successful arrival of our fourth ore carrier, ‘FMG Sydney’. This magnificent vessel joins a fleet of ships that has increased the industry leading efficiency of our world class port,” Mr Forrest said. “Fortescue is a proud member of the Port Hedland community and I am delighted students from Hedland Senior High School were able to join us and see firsthand what can be achieved with team work, dedication and a shared vision.”
Fortescue Port and Rail General Manager, Fernando Pereira, said Fortescue was committed to ensuring Port Hedland benefits from the growth and development of Fortescue.
“Fortescue’s partnership with the Trade Training Centre provides skills to allow students to remain in their local community and contribute to its vibrant future. Our work with the Pilbara Ports Authority and Port Hedland Pilots to design the ore carriers has maximised the safety and manoeuvrability in the Port Hedland channel,” Mr Pereira said.
FMG Sydney is the fourth Fortescue class ore carrier from the Yangzijiang Shipyard in China. A further four ore carriers are being built at Guangzhou Shipyard International, with the delivery of the final vessel expected in mid-2018. When fully operational, the fleet will provide approximately 12 per cent of Fortescue’s total shipping requirements.
Fortescue partnered with the Hedland Senior High School Trade Training Centre in 2016 to provide A$300,000 in operational funding over three years. The agreement covers the purchase of equipment and materials for the Centre.