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More than 500 bulkers hit by severe coal terminal congestion in Asia

Severe port congestion both to load and unload coal is affecting more than 500 dry bulk vessels, according to data from Thomson Reuters Eikon.

Bottlenecks at import terminals across China and delays at loading ports in Indonesia’s rainswept Kalimantan island are pushing the price of coal up in recent weeks. Spot cargo prices for Australian Newcastle coal have risen nearly 15% from lows in late November after China loosened import restrictions to help meet a winter fuel shortage.

Shipping data from Thomson Reuters Eikon shows around 100 bulkers waiting to load coal off the coast of Kalimantan and another 400 to 500 waiting to offload their coal cargoes off China, mainly near Shanghai and Ningbo and the Bohai Bay area.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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