Address by Mrs Gina Rinehart
Executive Chairman of the Hancock Prospecting Group and Roy Hill
Tuesday 2 May 2018
Good morning distinguished guests and friends,
Thank you for coming this morning, I know to get here today has meant very early starts for many of us. I hope you are enjoying this historic moment and treat of travelling on the bridge of a ship as we head out of the world’s busiest iron ore port here at Port Hedland, and the largest revenue earning port in Australia. Yes historic, as we understand only the second time this has been permitted from Port Hedland, and is not permitted in other bulk carrier ports, so rare and very special. And, how fantastic to mark we’ve reached 55 million tonnes per annum!
First, I thank James Marshall from Berge Bulk in thinking of me and inviting me to be the Godmother of this magnificent ship. The Berge Toubkal, at 210,000 dwt, looks immense, and is immense, the largest ship to use our Roy Hill berths. Tad and I and our Roy partners senior execs, from Marubeni, Posco and CSC are overjoyed to be travelling on her. Thank you James.
Secondly, I would like to thank the senior representatives from all of Roy’s owners who are here. As ever, Marubeni, Posco and China Steel Corporation, thank you for being fantastic, steadfast partners, as always, I am very proud of our relationship, and what together we have achieved. And, thank you to Tad Watroba, executive director of Hancock, for being with me throughout the long and difficult journey of Roy hill, it’s moments like this, difficult to express in words, but for which we can always recall with pride, our endeavours to achieve this mega project from the very beginning, one important for West Australia and Australia.