Brand New Capesize Bulker Runs Aground in Richards Bay

The 2014-built capesize bulk carrier LEOPOLD LD arrived in Richards Bay on the first of May 2014 after completing her maiden voyage from Tianjin Xingang Shipbuilding Heavy Industries. She was greeted with quite a bit of fanfare and congratulations from local port authorities as reported by the Zululand Observer. The Leopold, which has a draft of 17.5 meters, was reportedly … [Read more...]

Power Failure Causes Seven Week Backlog of Ships at Richards Bay Coal Terminal

At the end of January, a municipal power failure caused South Africa's Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) to shut down while shipments of coal continued unhindered to the port. 8 days later and with 3.83 million tons of coal piled at their facility, power was restored.  28 bulk carriers however, were sitting patiently at anchor to load their cargoes. RBCT estimates that … [Read more...]

Africa’s Top Coal Port Expands To Open Up Export Capacity

By Wendell Roelf CAPE TOWN, Aug 28 (Reuters) - Africa's biggest coal export port is be expanded in a $192 million investment designed to help smaller South African mining companies send their output abroad. Shipping and logistics group Grindrod is forming a joint venture (JV) with investment group RBT Resources to expand its Navitrade terminal at Richards Bay, on South … [Read more...]