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After four days of adverse weather conditions off the Newcastle coast affecting vessel movements, Port Waratah Coal Services has displayed its ability to adapt to challenges with a bumper weekend of shiploading.
22 January 2018
A record 512,504 tonnes was loaded on Saturday 20 January, breaking the previous daily shiploading record set in May 2016 by more than 10,000 tonnes.
Due to heavy swell vessel movements in the Port of Newcastle were restricted from early last week, with shiploading at Port Waratah’s Carrington and Kooragang terminals ceasing from Monday 15 to Friday 19 January. Despite the weather stoppage, Port Waratah’s focus remained committed to servicing its customers while reducing impacts on the community.
Working closely with HVCCC inbound rail receivals from customers continued, ensuring minimal disruption to the coal chain. Extensive planning of stacker movements and coordination of stockyard layout allowed a record 2.96 million tonnes to be held across the two terminals until vessel movements recommenced.
During the weather restriction, the vessel queue grew to 17. Over the last three days, significant operational efficiency and shiploading activity has recovered the queue to nine, with the expectation this will further reduce in the coming days.
The Chief Executive Officer of Port Waratah, Hennie du Plooy, said Port Waratah actively continues to plan and remain flexible in changing circumstances, to benefit its customers, the coal chain and the community.
“The performance over the weekend is a testament to the quality of our people – working together as one outstanding team, to deliver quality, agile service for our customers and the region” Mr du Plooy said.
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