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Coal to newcastlemax opens new era for Colombian dry bulk exports

The 207,562 dwt Lydia Oldendorff has set a record as the largest vessel to load coal at Puerto Bolivar, Colombia, opening a new era in the supersizing of Colombian commodity exports.

The newcastlemax vessel has a length of 300 m and a breadth of 50 m and was loaded on a trial cargo draft of 17.5 m. The cargo loaded is destined for Flushing, in the port of Antwerp in Belgium, where it will again be the largest vessel to enter the port.

Puerto Bolivar is a well known capesize coal loading port operated by Cerrejon Coal, a joint venture split evenly between BHP Billiton, Anglo American and Glencore.

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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