October 22, 2010

Alcoa marks Bunbury shipping milestone

Alcoa has welcomed the 4000th ship to be processed since its Bunbury Port facilities commenced operations in 1976.

Soon after the MV Lindesay Clarke tied up at Alcoa’s berth on Tuesday 19 October 2010, it began to be loaded with alumina from Alcoa’s Wagerup and Pinjarra refineries – continuing to build on the 157 million tonnes already exported to the world from Alcoa’s Bunbury Port. 

Alcoa of Australia Managing Director Alan Cransberg was in Bunbury today to mark the milestone, at a luncheon at the Koombana Bay Sailing Club, and said the Port of Bunbury remains very important to Alcoa.

“It’s always good to get back to Bunbury and it’s exciting to be celebrating this milestone.  We push out more than two thirds of our alumina through the Port of Bunbury, it’s an integral part of Alcoa’s West Australian operations,” Mr Cransberg said.

“Pivotal to our success has been our people. Alcoa’s port facilities at Bunbury are run by a very dedicated and committed group of employees who I want to thank and acknowledge as part of these celebrations for their efforts over the past 34 years.”

Bunbury Port Authority (BPA) Chairperson Neema  Premji said that the greatest strengths in the relationship between Alcoa and BPA has been an open line of communication between management, honesty, and the determination to work together to the benefit of both organisations.

"The Bunbury Port Authority congratulates Alcoa on the 4000th ship through its port and looks forward to working with Alcoa into the future," Ms Premji said.

Alcoa's alumina exports make up 52% of the total trade through Bunbury Port, and are sent to aluminium smelters around the world as well as the company's two smelters in Victoria at Portland Aluminium and Point Henry near Geelong.

Once at the smelters, the alumina is converted into aluminium – one of the world’s most versatile and sustainable metals.

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