Ships and Ports website reports that the first shipment of coal from the Eastern Cape Elitheni mine at Indwe is expected at the Port of East London later this month.
The consignment of anthracite coal is destined for a client in Brazil and marks the first shipment in many years from South Africa's only river port. The coal is taken from Indwe to the Port of East London using specially designed tipping containers which are being transported by rail and on the road.
The contract to ship coal from East London is of high significance for the port, which in recent years has been battling with small volumes and a dependency on automotive traffic from the adjacent Mercedes Benz plant. Coal will become the first new cargo for the port in many years. According to Ships and Ports website, the Port of East London recently took possession of its first Liebherr mobile crane.
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