NZ coal ships still on drawing board

NEW Zealand’s biggest coal producer, Solid Energy, is still considering plans to build three coal ships to transport coal from the West Coast of the South Island to the North Island, and expects a decision to be made in the next two months.
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Staff Reporter

Solid Energy currently moves coal via rail, but after Toll Rail placed speed and weight restrictions on the rolling stock because of the poor state of the track, the coal producer started looking at alternatives such as barges and trucking.

 

Company chief Donald Elder told local media the government’s promise to spend $200 million upgrading the line would not prompt the company to change its plans.

 

Solid Energy spokesperson Vicki Blyth is reported as saying a contract for commissioning the three deck ships was being seriously discussed and Solid Energy was seeking expressions of interest to build, own, and operate motorised barges.

 

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