Many ships still delayed at Richards Bay, South Africa

About 28 ships were delayed outside Richards Bay Coal Terminal in South Africa in late-December, down from 35 the previous week, reports Platts, citing data from cFlow, S&P Global Platts trade flow software.

The delays were due to bad weather in the area, which had prevented a normal operating schedule for the past few weeks. Delays were expected to continue in the short term because weather forecasts had not improved.

Panamax Anthos was originally expected to arrive at RBCT on December 14th, while the remaining 27 delayed ships were expected to arrive from December 16th to 26th. About 14 vessels were returning from India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka, while four were returning from Singapore, and one each from Kenya, the Maldives, Mauritius and Saudi Arabia. Seven were returning from other ports. Six ships were moored at loading berths.