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CONSOL Energy resumes coal shipments from its Marine Terminal in Baltimore

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CONSOL Energy Inc. has reported that coal shipments to international markets have begun leaving its Marine Terminal in Baltimore. This is after a shutdown of the terminal due to the collapse of the Francis Scott Key bridge on 26 March.

The first empty ship arrived at the CONSOL Marine Terminal early on the morning of Sunday 19 May, was loaded throughout that day, and awaited clearance from officials for a 19:00 departure time the following night.

According to Jimmy Brock, CONSOL Energy CEO:

“While we are still limited in terms of size of ships and night-time departures, we are hopeful to resume normal operations as soon as possible. We want to thank the leadership and hard work of local, state and federal officials and various agencies for their quick and thoughtful response.”

The first shipment leaving the Marine Terminal was approximately 56 000 t, compared to traditional shipments of approximately 140 000 t in larger vessels. The channel is now cleared to about 350 ft wide, but needs to be closer to 400 ft wide to accommodate larger vessels.

In related news, the MV Dali, the container ship that collided with the bridge, was refloated and removed on Monday 20 May 2024.

Brock added:

“The ability to ship product from the Baltimore terminal is critical as we continue our shift to export markets. In 1Q24, 65% of our total recurring revenues and other income were derived from sales into the export market.”

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