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Gambrel D.,Logisticon
Coal Age | Year: 2010

The coal salesman needs to be aware of the coal quality that is shipped to be sold. The unintentional coal contamination may occur at the stockpile area of the barge loading terminal. Precipitation and leaky barges provide an opportunity to get rain or snow mixed in with the coal. Layer-loading is a serious and intentional method of selling inferior product to an unsuspecting broker. Layer-loading barges may involve loading several rail cars of coal waste into the bottom of a barge followed by more cars of good coal on top, thus providing the 1,500 tons the normal barge hauls. It should be made sure that all the company sources of coal contamination are minimized or eliminated completely. At the ship-loading terminals, a thorough knowledge of the facility should be developed and the kinds of contamination found in rail cars or barges should be found out. Source


Cambrel D.,Logisticon
Coal Age | Year: 2010

Some transportation tips have been provided which aims at charterer's responsibilities and the discharge port. The transportation manager travels to the location to inspect the coal terminal and to hire an agent to oversee the discharging of the vessels. The coal transporter did not arrive before the first shipload of coal was loaded, but as it was being unloaded in Denmark. The transportation manager thought it was important to have him act in that role, because the customer could see the company cared enough to have a representative there ready to call in case of problems. For those charged with the responsibility of chartering vessels and making foreign coal deliveries go smoothly, they must inspect the foreign discharge ports. Source


Gambrel D.,Logisticon
Coal Age | Year: 2010

The Surface Transportation Board (STB) denied Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corp.'s (AECC) petition to enjoin BNSF Railway from enforcing dust control tariff provisions until the STB resolves the Petition for Declaratory Order in the same proceeding. The STB also denied a similar request by Coal Shipper Organizations to issue a housekeeping stay, which would have stayed the effective date of coal dust items in BNSF Tariff 6041-B pending further order of the STB. In a pre-emptor move to prevent implementation of the dust mitigation provisions, AECC on September 30, 2010, filed a petition to enjoin BNSF from enforcing Tariff Items 100 and 101 until the STB resolves the underlying Petition for Declaratory Order. Perhaps the key issue the STB will have to decide in this case is the limit of BNSF's authority to write tariffs that could ultimately affect every coal-carrying railroad and all their shippers. Source


David G.,Logisticon
Coal Age | Year: 2010

David Gmbrel shared his views on some of the problems that were faced by coal industry sales professionals to ship and receive stockpiles of coal. Henry Seibert was a manager of a leading international coal business who went to monitor the shipping of coal from one of the ports. He drove to the terminal early, climbed the gangway and met with the captain and first mate to discuss loading details. Ned Griswold, the president of the company reached the port with the shipment to be transported and Helga Fluegel, an international marketing vice president who spoke five languages fluently. The coal supply was put together for Helga by Eugene Mccoy, a local coal broker. Selected trucks and rail cars were sampled by Eugene's hired testing company. Henry instantly knew something was wrong with the coal. and told Ned he had to check it. Source


David G.,Logisticon
Coal Age | Year: 2010

Increasing prices for metallurgical and steam coals have caused great excitement in the coal world, causing many to believe new coal demand in China and India will enable western coal mines to finally get into the international market. Building a coal terminal on the west coast is a tough task and should consider many aspects. If the prospective site does not have at least 42 ft of water at berth, in the turning basin, and in the channel, it will not be a competitive site. The water depth required giving a loaded Panamax vessel 2 ft of keel clearance is roughly 42 ft fresh water, but this varies according to water temperature and salinity. It is always desirable to have an onshore location for a ship-loading terminal because better weather protection is available for the vessel. Locating a nice deep site for a shiploading berth is not enough; there must be a modern railroad connected to it. It should have the capability of handling the long heavy trains that are loaded in the western mines, and it should not be a constant traffic impediment with lots of grade crossings. Source

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