Getting the Ore to China

SkillsOne heads to Port Hedland to see how the Iron Ore from Fortescue mines is shipped overseas. Ruff Stewart operates Fortescue's ship loader at Port Hedland. He shares how the ore is transferred to the ship.

Ruff takes us to the control room. He shows us how the control room oversees the production flow of loading the ship.

SkillsOne recently visited tradies who work in the mining industry in the Pilbarra, in Western Australia, run by the Fortescue Metals Group.

Fortescue focusses on iron ore.

Fortescue's port, rail and mine project commenced construction in February 2006 with the turning of the first sod at the Company's port site at Anderson Point in Port Hedland. Just two years later, the open-access rail infrastructure is complete, the Fortescue Herb Elliott Port is operational and the mining operations at the Company's first mine site, known as Cloudbreak, are well underway.

VJ Lucy Nash