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Richards Bay Bulk Terminal Handles Record Magnetite Shipment

Richards Bay Bulk Terminal loaded 192,400t of magnetite onto a single vessel last week as the 300m long vessel MV Seacon Africa sailed for China a day ahead of schedule.

This was the largest shipment of magnetite in the history of terminal operations.

The operational team achieved an average loading rate of 1,699 t/h during the ships’ five days, 54% above the normal loading rate.

“We loaded MV Seacon Africa consistently and with few delays, thanks to the leadership of the Terminal Manager and his team, and the cooperation between us and the team at Palabora Mining Company with whom we executed” , says Richards Bay Terminals, newly appointed director. executive Kwazi Mabaso.

Thirty-nine lodestone trains pulling 80 cars each were unloaded at a cycle of 18 cars per hour via the terminal’s Tippler 2, which underwent renovations two years ago.

Each year, the Richards Bay Bulk Terminal processes approximately five million tonnes of magnetite, one of seven key commodities.

Of the network of 16 ocean freight terminals and three inland terminals operated by Transnet Port Terminals (TPT), the Richards Bay Bulk Terminal is the only magnetite operation within the stable.

Magnetite exports have increased, as iron oxide is a crucial ingredient in the manufacture of steel.