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New barge unloading services introduced at Convent Marine terminal

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SunCoke Energy Partners, L. P. has begun offering barge unloading services at its Convent Marine terminal (CMT) in combination with stevedoring and barge services provider Cooper Consolidated, LLC. The multi-year agreement between CMT and Cooper Consolidated provides for the use of Cooper Consolidated's extensive floating crane fleet and its unique Louisiana Mid-Stream One transload system to efficiently unload coal, petroleum coke and other materials from barges at CMT's dock. The companies recently demonstrated their combined capability by successfully unloading the first 30-barge shipment of coal bound for the export market.  

The addition of barge unloading capabilities complements Convent's existing rail and truck offerings, and provides the terminal with the ability to transload, blend and store a significantly broader array of materials going forward.  

Senior Vice President of Commercial Operations and Business Development at Terminals and International Coke said: "We are excited to announce our alliance with Cooper Consolidated and the launch of our barge unloading service at CMT." 

"Through this agreement, CMT is positioned to offer a more flexible range of transport options to new and existing customers at the terminal. We continue to work towards driving US$5 million to US$10 million of additional earnings across our logistics portfolio over the next couple of years, and are confident that this capability will further differentiate CMT as a world-class terminal for both bulk and liquids shipments." 

CMT is one of the largest terminals on the US Gulf Coast, and the only bulk terminal in the region that provides direct rail access for ocean going shipments. Convent has two independent shiploading systems, with its newest shiploader capable of accommodating cape-sized ocean vessels.  Its location on the Lower Mississippi River, 1.5 million short t of ground storage and unique inbound and outbound capabilities provide a cost-effective option for transloading a range of bulk materials and liquids. 

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