The state-owned Yuzhny Commercial Seaport expects to receive and unload three vessels carrying coal from South Africa during the period of July-August. More than 225,000 tons of coal will be sent to Ukrainian thermal power plants, the CFTS reports, citing information from the seaport.

According to schedule, the Panamax-class Zhao Yang Feng bulk carrier will deliver the second batch of anthracite intended for the DTEK company’s thermoelectric power plants to Ukraine on July 21. The vessel is expected to be unloaded in three days.

"We are expecting the next consignment of cargo from South Africa, and we are ready to promptly send wagons of coal to Ukrainian thermoelectric power plants... DTEK contracted to purchase 675,000 tons of coal from South Africa in 2017, with the possibility of increasing supplies to 1 million tons. In addition to thermal coal, the Yuzhny seaport plans to unload more than 130,000 tons of imported coking coal and export more than 1.54 million tons of iron ore before September 1," the port’s acting Director Vitalii Zhukovskyi said.

As reported, the unloading of this year’s first consignment of African coal intended for DTEK’s thermoelectric power plants was completed at the Yuzhny seaport on May 28. About 75,000 tons of coal was unloaded from the Panamax Alexander bulk carrier in 59 hours.

As reported, the Yuzhny Commercial Seaport processed 97 vessels, more than half of which were Capesize-class bulk carriers with 170,000-200,000-ton deadweight, in the first half of 2017. The Yuzhny seaport also handled 6.6 million tons of cargo in the first half of 2017.