The latest vessel to deliver anthracite from South Africa began unloading at the Yuzhny seaport on August 14. The Panamax SBI Reggae bulk carrier, which flies the flag of Liberia, delivered this year’s third consignment of 75,000 tons of coal intended for the DTEK power company’s thermal power plants. The Yuzhny port announced this to the CFTS portal.

"Production equipment and Tukan portal cranes are operating at nominal speeds and on schedule and the railway is providing the required number of cars on time. The unloading scheme is working like a Swiss watch. I am sure that all the work will be performed on schedule because the Panamax SBI Reggae does not differ from previous vessels in terms of its characteristics," the Yuzhny port’s acting Director Vitalii Zhukovskyi said. The unloading is expected to be completed in two days, after which the coal will be transported to the warehouses of the Prydniprovska and Kryvyi Rih thermal power plants.

As reported, the Yuzhny seaport finished unloading the Zhao Yang Feng bulk carrier, which delivered this year’s second consignment of coal from South Africa for DTEK’s thermal power plants, on July 25. The Zhao Yang Feng delivered 75,000 tons of anthracite from the South African port of Richards Bay. The coal was intended for the Prydniprovska and Kryvyi Rih thermal power plants. The average daily loading rate was over 100 railcars.

The DTEK company contracted to purchase 675,000 tons of coal from South Africa in 2017, with the possibility of increasing the volume to 1 million tons.

The first batch of South African coal intended for DTEK’s thermal power plants was unloaded at the Yuzhny port on May 28. The Ukrainian Railways public joint-stock company (Ukrzaliznytsia) transported this consignment of coal to thermal power plants in 1,055 railcars. The Prydniprovska and Kryvyi Rih thermal power plants each received 473 railcars of coal and the Luhansk thermal power plant 109 railcars by June 7.