Port Waratah – 2018 Year in Review

Filed under Infrastructure, News ~ by Press on  30 Jan 2019

In 2018 Port Waratah loaded 107 million tonnes into 1229 vessels for export.

Demand was driven by Asia, with 95% of coal exports bound for Asian ports, including Japan, Taiwan, China and South Korea.

Pictured ~ Coal train delivering to PWCS Carrington coal loader

During the year, 107 million tonnes of coal were loaded, which was 2.4 million tonnes more than 2017.

Both Port Waratah and the overall Hunter Valley coal chain volumes are expected to continue to grow in 2019,” said the Chief Executive Officer of Port Waratah, Hennie du Plooy. Port Waratah’s Carrington and Kooragang terminals provide reliability and flexibility to the Hunter Valley coal chain and are well positioned to adjust to changes in demand.

The strong results reflect improved operational performance whilst maintaining costs to customers at consistently low levels, with our coal handling charge viewed as the best in industry. Shiploading rates reached record levels at the Kooragang terminal last year and July was a record-breaking month, breaking the monthly ship loading record, set in December 2014, by more than 100,000 tonnes.

In 2019 and beyond, we will continue to invest in our operations to maintain and improve our performance, from our people to the community, to our equipment and environmental performance, Mr du Plooy said.

A total of 1,229 vessels were loaded, 950 at Kooragang and 279 at Carrington loaders. Vessel turnaround time averaged 3.2 days.

A monthly ship loading record of 10,854,269 tonnes was handled in July, 2018.

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