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QBH recommissions coal shiploader

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Queensland Bulk Handling (QBH), a coal export terminal owned by New Hope Group, has restarted loading operations after repair works to its shiploader were completed.

The shiploader was damaged during a severe storm in mid-November, requiring the replacement of the boom and extensive repair work to other components on the loader. Loading operations began again on 8 December.

“The recovery from this unprecedented weather event demonstrated the high level of skill of our in-house engineering and management teams,” said CEO and Managing Director, Shane Stephan.

QBH has worked with its customers to minimise the impact of the incident and is no working to recover the shipping backlog, a process that may take six months, according to Stephan.

“QBH has mobilised additional resources in order to assist the recovery process,” the company said.

Costs associated with the repair work were covered by QBH’s insurers and are not therefore expected to have a material impact on the group’s full-year financial results.

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