Australia's largest rail freight operator Aurizon is expected to resume coal transportation of its Blackwater railway on February 9, four days later than the earlier estimate of February 5.
According to media reports, two freight trains collided in Queensland on January 29, damaging the track and overhead power lines and leading to a closure of the rail line between Rockhampton and Gladstone, which carries coal from the state's Bowen Basin, a major coking coal production base in Australia.
The new schedule extends the days of suspension of the railway to up to 11 days, adding to the supply constraints of coking coal in the world's largest coking coal exporter.
Australian premium low-vol hard coking coal was at around $350/t FOB, rising by $15/t from late last month.
(Writing by Emma Yang Editing by Tammy Yang)
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