Mining magnate Gina Rinehart has christened the newest Oldendorff Carriers capsize ship, which will carry iron ore from Roy Hill.
The 182,000 deadweight tonnage (DWT) vessel was christened in the traditional way, with a bottle of champagne.
Senior Roy Hill representatives joined Rinehart at Namura Shipyard, Imari, Japan for the ceremony.
Christened Gina Oldendorff, its first shipment of iron ore was carried in December 2015. Since then, it has carried over 46 million tonnes of ore over 244 shipments.
“Today’s special occasion marked the valued and friendly relationships extending over years between the companies,” Roy Hill said in a statement.
As the christening coincided with Rinehart’s birthday, the occasion was celebrated at a dinner.
Rinehart announced last week that she would give away $100,000 to 41 employees through a raffle to mark her 69th birthday and her 41 years at Hancock Prospecting.
The gesture will cost her $4.1 million and is just one of several acts of charity that Rinehart has extended toward her employees.
In another raffle in December, Rinehart gave 10 employees a $100,000 Christmas bonus in recognition of achieving massive operation targets.
And now, with a new ore transportation option, it seems Roy Hill will continue to make great strides in its operations.
“Mrs Rinehart when christening the ship wished the vessel and all its crew many safe journeys, and many happy returns,” the company said.
“We look forward to welcoming “Gina Oldendorff” painted in Pilbara red, to Port Hedland to transport Roy ore to our trading partners overseas.”