Tropical storm could lead to clearing of Port Hedland

Vessels could be cleared from Port Hedland, Western Australia as soon as Thursday January 11th because of a threatened tropical storm, port manager Pilbara Ports Authority said on Wednesday. Port Hedland is the world’s biggest iron ore export terminal and is used by three of Australia’s top four iron ore miners – BHP, Fortescue Metals Group and Gina Rinehart’s Hancock Prospecting.

There is a significant risk that a weather system might become a severe tropical cyclone early on Friday, bringing destructive wind gusts of up to 80 mph to coastal areas in north-western Australia, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology said.