Strike didn’t hinder coal exports

[] — RICHARDS Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) said on Wednesday it managed to increase coal exports in July despite the nine-day strike at the world’s largest coal terminal.

Exports rose to 5.93 million tonnes year on year in July from 5.44 million tonnes in the similar month of 2009.

Raymond Chirwa, CEO of the RBCT, said this performance was achieved despite the industrial action, which lasted for nine days.

“This performance proves that as RBCT we are a reliable terminal, able to consistently offer a safe, reliable and efficient coal logistics service to all RBCT coal-exporting companies,” Chirwa said.

“The efforts and commitment of our employees during this month is commendable and it is through their commitment that RBCT is known for its efficiency and reliability,” he said.

Stocks as at month end in July remained at a good level of 3.19 million tonnes.

The RBCT has a capacity of 91-million tonnes per annum.