We have been following the vessels laden with Australian coal and congested in China since the beginning of October, when we brought our first blog post on the topic. Today, after 180 days of waiting, the Capesize vessel Alpha Era berthed at Fangcheng in China to discharge its cargo of Australian coal from Newcastle’s NCIG coal terminal. The operation started this morning (26 Nov 2020) at 01:55 UTC. The vessel currently holds the record for longest congestion time among the completed Australia to China coal voyages, but given the current situation its position will likely soon be contested.
Alpha Era, however, is not the only vessel that has started discharging after a long wait. Two other Capesizes, DONG-A ASTREA and DONG-A EOS, also started discharging their Australian coal cargoes in Jingtang after waiting 159 and 155 days, respectively.
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