As the trade war between China and Australian is still going on, 66 vessels laden with Australian coal still lay idle at anchorage in Chinese waters. These vessels have waited an average of 115 days to discharge.
The current 66 vessels reflects a drop from the 72 vessels we observed immediately ahead of the new year. While certain vessels have been able to discharge (we reported on Alpha Era in an earlier blog post), other vessels have also diverted to bring their Aussie coal cargoes to alternative destinations. One of such vessels is the Capesize, Jag Anand, which departed the Jingtang anchorage on January 10 2021 at 01:57 UTC, after 211 days of waiting.
Jag Anand is now underway to Chiba, Japan, where it will likely discharge its 171k ton of metallurgical coal at JFE Steel Corporation’s steel mill.
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