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Four coal ships loaded at Virginia's Dominion Terminal in week ended April 12; one more at pier

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Four departed this week with 164,700 st on board

Terminal expected to export 1.2 million st on 19 vessels in April

Houston — Dominion Terminal Associates loaded and exported 164,700 st of coal on four coal carriers at its Newport News, Virginia, pier in the week ended April 12, compared with three that exported 213,161 st a week earlier, company data showed Friday.

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The terminal, which is owned by Contura Energy (65%) and Arch Coal (35%) and served by CSX, loaded the HL Baltimore with 55,858 st of coal on Saturday, the DTA data showed. The ship is expected to arrive in Dangjin, South Korea, on June 6, according to Platts cFlow trade-flow software.

On Sunday, the Lowlands Light loaded 48,495 st and is expected to reach Ijmuiden, Netherlands, on April 20, according to the data and cFlow.

The Bright Ocean III loaded 24,193 st of coal on Thursday and departed for Immingham, England. It is scheduled to reach its destination on April 25, according to cFlow.

The Dansas also loaded 36,154 st on Thursday, which had previously loaded 24,193 st from another terminal. It is headed to the Port of Praia Mole, Brazil, and is scheduled to arrive on April 26.

The Hong Fu is currently anchored at the pier, and as of 12 pm EDT, had not started loading the scheduled 81,306 st.

Two coal carriers are currently anchored near Cape Charles, outside of Hampton Roads, waiting to load coal at one of the three terminals. Last week, two were also waiting near Cape Charles.

So far this month, six ships have departed DTA with 305,109 st on board. In March, 21 ships departed DTA with 1.26 million st on board, up from 15 in February that exported 932,958 st.

Since January 1, 57 ships have left DTA with 3.66 million st of coal on board.

Including the ships at the pier and those departed, DTA currently has 19 ships scheduled to arrive in April that will load 1.2 million st of coal, while another 24 are estimated in May to export 1.3 million st, according to the company data.

DTA is the second largest of the three coal terminals in the Hampton Roads region. In 2018, the terminal exported 15.82 million st of coal, up 23.4% year on year, according to data from the Virginia Maritime Association. The 15.82 million st was only behind Norfolk Southern-owned Lamberts Point, which exported 17.16 million st.

-- Tyler Godwin, tyler.godwin@spglobal.com

-- Edited by Derek Sands, newsdesk@spglobal.com