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Two new shiploaders arrive at PWCS

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Two new shiploaders have arrived at Port Waratah Coal Services’ (PWCS) Carrington Terminal at the Port of Newcastle, replacing three units that have loaded over 300 million t over the past 40 years.

The two new shiploaders arrived in the Port of Newcastle on the big lift vessel, the Happy Buccaneer. The port expects normal operations at Carrington to resume by the end of the year.

“Commissioning and integration into the operation will take about five months and we expect to resume normal operations at Carrington by the end of the year,” said Hennie du Plooy, CEO of PWCS. “Our operations on Kooragang Island will be unaffected.

PWCS is licensed to export 146 million tpy of coal – 120 million t from Kooragang and 25 million t from Carrington. Last year, the terminal exported about 109 million t. Newcastle rival, Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group, shipped more than 49 million t.

The overall cost of the contract was about AUS60 million with AUS$ spent in Australia and AUS$9 million “locally”. The shiploaders were built near Shanghai and shipped from China.

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