Esperance is located in Western Australia, about 720 kilometres south east of Perth. The town is home to approximately 15,000 people, with the local economy being driven by tourism, agriculture and fishing. Esperance is flanked by numerous beaches, five major national parks, and the Recherche Archipelago, a string of islands visible from the town.
Esperance Port is a major export hub for iron ore, nickel, grain, fuel and fertiliser. Since the completion of a $54 million port upgrade project in February 2002, Esperance has become the deepest port in southern Australia, capable of handling Cape class vessels up to 200,000 tonnes and fully loaded Panamax class vessels up to 75,000 tonnes. The Port services over 200 ships and close to 11 million tonnes of throughput each year. There are three berths available:
Berth No.1: Bulk Grain
Berth No.2: Bulk Minerals
Berth No.3: Iron Ore
Through a joint venture between the Esperance Shire Council and the Esperance Port Authority, the port area will be developed to service the region’s emerging industries, with infrastructure such as mineral processing, grain enrichment and woodchip storage. Port capacity will also be expanded to service greater exports of iron ore and nickel.
The team at ISS Esperance has specialised knowledge of the local area and continues to provide first-rate shipping agency services to meet the needs of their Principals.