Our services provide certainty and confidence to trade globally

Port Waratah’s Kooragang and Carrington Coal Terminals are an integral part of the Hunter Valley Coal Chain, connecting Hunter Valley coal with the world. The coal chain includes more than 35 coal mines with the coal being hauled distances of up to 380km to reach the Port of Newcastle. We export Hunter Valley coal to more than 20 countries. Indications are that demand in its core markets will likely be fairly stable through a large part of the 2020’s.

In 2021, Port Waratah Coal Services announced an extension to the Carrington Terminal lease from 2024 to the end of 2031. The decision to continue operations at Carrington aligns with our customers’ needs and Port Waratah’s expectations of coal industry demand.

Key Achievements

  • Achieved the second highest year on record for export tonnes with 111.3Mt exported.
  • Record export tonnes to Bangladesh, Chile, India, Indonesia, Netherlands, Taiwan, Thailand and Turkey.

Strong working relationships are critical to our success. Our customer contracts continue over a 10-year horizon and our focus is on providing a reliable and quality service.

We are committed to delivering superior services to our customers and to act in their best interests. We live our values by listening to our customer’s feedback and creating change where we can. In 2021, we successfully implemented rail improvements utilising data from other coal chain partners to improve efficiencies and contamination controls.

With 50 per cent of terminal throughput, Japan remains our largest export destination in 2021. The coal we handle is used in export markets for energy production and steel manufacturing.

Port Waratah’s range of shiploading assets enables vessels of all classes to be loaded at our terminals. This flexibility is demonstrated by a record sixth year in a row of loading greater than 5 million tonnes onto Handy class vessels, all serviced at our Carrington Terminal. It is expected that our flexibility to meet the needs and challenges of our customers will continue to be highly valued into the future.

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Case Study

Working with supply chain partners to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Port Waratah has a proud history of working with vessel designers representing a variety of shipping lines from around the world to improve the design of vessels. Our range of shiploading assets provides a benchmark for these organisations to test potential designs against a high-capacity terminal operation. Port Waratah has been collaborating with naval architects to support their efforts to reduce Greenhouse Gas emissions in the shipping industry.

In early 2021, Port Waratah loaded the vessel HL ECO, the first LNG-fuelled vessel to berth on the eastern Australian seaboard. The vessel sets a new standard for eco-design, equipped with two of the world’s largest Type C LNG fuel tanks, each with a storage capacity of 1600 m3. The LNG fuel reportedly reduces 99 per cent of sulfur oxides and particulate matter, up to 85 per cent reduction in nitrogen oxide emissions, and a 30 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, compared to the levels of current bulk-carrier vessels.

Other shipping designs we have been involved with in recent years have focussed on technologies harnessing wind energy to reduce emissions utilising rotor sails.