CSX tries to work around damage at coal export pier

CSX Transportation said Sept. 12 that it has implemented an interim plan to accommodate deliveries pending repairs to the Bayside Coal Pier, one of two piers at its Curtis Bay coal facility in Baltimore.

The shiploader and pier were damaged on Aug. 25 when a vessel destined for another facility struck the pier. The Bayside pier handles larger Capesize vessels. The other pier, called the B&O Pier, handles smaller Panamax vessels and was not affected by the incident.

Until full loading capability to the Bayside pier shiploader is restored, Panamax vessels will be loaded to maximum allowable capacity at the B&O Pier, then shifted to the deeper water at the Bayside Pier and topped off using clam shell loading equipment on barges carrying coal, CSX noted. The handling of Capesize vessels while the Bayside pier is repaired will be evaluated on a ship-by-ship basis with the potential to expand the top-off operation to those vessels or load at multiple terminals.

A timeline for repairs to the Bayside pier is being developed and will be announced when available, CSX added.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.