UPDATE 2-Iron ore shipments to China up 1 pct in Dec-Pilbara Ports
* Port Hedland Dec. iron ore shipments to China up 1 pct
* Rise comes despite weak price
* 2015 shipments up 10 pct year-on-year (Updates to add graphic, no change to text)
By James Regan
SYDNEY, Jan 6 (Reuters) - Iron ore shipments to China through Australia's Port Hedland rose 1 percent in December despite the spot price for the steelmaking ingredient dropping to its lowest on record and a gloomy outlook heading into the new year.
Shipments to China from the port reached 32.17 million tonnes in December versus 31.73 million tonnes in November, Pilbara Ports Authority figures released on Wednesday showed.
For all of 2015, shipments to China rose to 377.88 million tonnes from 343.41 million tonnes in 2014, according to Reuters calculations of port data.
"The prospects for iron ore are looking darker than ever, but still more keeps coming out of the ground. It's self-defeating," said Gavin Wendt, an analyst for MineLife in Sydney.
The port, the world's largest for exporting iron ore, is used by major suppliers to the sea-traded market such as BHP Billiton and Fortescue Metals Group. Continuación...