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Coal shipments from the Dalrymple Bay coal terminal in the Australian state of Queensland increased 10.6% month on month to 6.27 million mt in August, from 5.67 million mt in July, according to the terminal in an operating report Monday.

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The terminal is currently carrying out some planned maintenance to shiploader number 3, one of three shiploaders for coal exports, that is due to last until Friday, and during this time two of the terminal's four vessel berths will be unavailable to ships, a source close to the terminal said.

The source said he did not expect the maintenance to affect September's coal throughput volume.

In addition, some maintenance is being carried out at one of Dalrymple Bay coal terminal's inloading systems for delivering coal exports to the facility, and this is to be completed by Wednesday, said the source.


Dalrymple Bay terminal is the shipment point for around 20 mines in the Bowen Basin coal field in central Queensland that are operated by coal producers including Anglo American, BHP Billiton, Glencore and Rio Tinto.

European countries as a group increased their offtake from the terminal to 1.38 million mt last month, and the highest level since March when 1.5 million mt was shipped to Europe, said the terminal source.

August's shipments to Europe are a sizable jump from 550,000 mt achieved by the terminal in July. JAPAN, INDIA

Japan also increased its offtake of coal exports from Dalrymple Bay terminal in August to 1.67 million mt, and up from 1.32 million mt in July.

India-bound shipments from the terminal rose last month to 748,000 mt from 487,000 mt in July, but remain below the 1 million mt achieved by India in June.

China stood out last month as a destination that took fewer coal export shipments from Dalrymple Bay coal terminal at 583,000 mt, and down from 1.16 million mt in July, according to the operating report.

South Korean coal buyers booked 952,000 mt of coal exports from shippers at the Dalrymple Bay coal terminal for August, and slightly less than July's volume of 1.1 million mt.

Taiwan was a customer for 462,000 mt of Dalrymple Bay coal terminal's exports in August, and up substantially on July's volume of 161,000 mt.

Japan has been the leading export destination for coal shipments from the coal terminal at Dalrymple Bay this year to date at 9.7 million mt, and South Korea and China each tie for second place at 7.9 million mt for the eight-month period, said the terminal shipping data.

India has taken 7.1 million mt of Dalrymple Bay coal shipments this year to date, according to the shipping data.

For the eight-month period ended August, Dalrymple Bay coal terminal has shipped 47.2 million mt of coal exports compared with 44.6 million mt for the corresponding period in 2014.

Thirteen ships were queuing off Dalrymple Bay terminal to load coal exports on Monday, and up from nine ships on Thursday, said the source.

Coal export cargoes were ready for all 13 of Monday's vessels, he added. BMA HAY POINT

At the BHP Billiton-Mitsubishi Alliance coal terminal named Hay Point the coal producer shipped out 3.54 million mt of coal exports from its Bowen Basin coal mines in August, and July's shipment total was 3.23 million mt, said the North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation in a report on its website.

In the January-August period, BMA has shipped 28 million mt of coal exports from its Hay Point terminal, and up marginally from 27.2 million mt for the corresponding 2014 period.

The Hay Point coal terminal is located alongside Dalrymple Bay coal terminal and both facilities lie inside the Queensland port of Hay Point.

--Mike Cooper, michael.cooper@platts.com
--Edited by Irene Tang, irene.tang@platts.com