One bulk cargo vessel scrambled to unload about 75,000 tonnes of thermal coal on July 22 before the arrival of the storm, according to the radio Voice of Zhejiang. The vessel plans to head north to Caofeidian port in Hebei to avoid the typhoon after the operation.
The vessel owner said the ship would usually wait for at least two days for coal unloading after arriving at the anchorage, but this time, the Zhoushan Liuheng Marine Office allowed the vessel to enter the port in advance, buying time for them to avert the storm.
Liuheng coal wharf is the largest coal transshipment terminal in eastern China. The port saw its coal throughput at 13.18 million tonnes during the first half of 2021, up 10.6% year on year, mainly due to fast rising power and thermal coal demand in summer.
In addition, On July 20 morning, two vessels laden with 140,000 tonnes of thermal coal completed the unloading in advance at Yuhuan Power Plant of China Huaneng, in Taizhou of Zhejiang.
Taizhou Marine Department especially launched the green tunnel to ensure fast and safe thermal coal shipment.
(Writing by Rebecca Liu Editing by Tammy Yang)
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