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Australian thermal coal shipments gain traction, 0.81 mn t to arrive by end-Oct
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13 Oct 2021, 18:49 IST
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Amidst an acute domestic coal shortage in India over the last few weeks, thermal coal shipments from Australian have gained traction with a total volume of 0.81 million tonnes (mn t) arriving between 11-29 Oct'21, CoalMint's vessel line-up data (maintained as on 11 Oct'21) reveals.

Adani Enterprise booked the highest volume of 0.54 mn t, coming in at Dahej, Dhamra, Krishnapatnam, and Mundra ports, while 0.15 mn t is set to arrive for Chettinad Cement at Vizag Port.

Thermal coal shipments' arrival from Australia stood at 0.15 mn t during the same time period last month against 0.58 mn t this month.

The reasons behind the rise in shipments from Australia are:

  1. The 5500 NAR grade is comparatively cheaper compared to the Indonesia, and South African thermal coals.

  2. Limited availability of Indonesian coal and domestic coal shortage in India.

As per CoalMint data, a total volume of 3.08 mn t of thermal coal is scheduled to arrive at various Indian ports, wherein shipments from Indonesia is set to be the highest during this period.

Country Quantity in mn t
Indonesia 1.13
Australia 0.81
South Africa 0.65
The US 0.25
China 0.24


Semb Corp Gayathri Power is set to bring the highest volume of 0.22 mn t of Indonesian coal at Krishnapatnam Port, followed by Agarwal Coal with 0.18 mn t at Magdalla, Navlakhi, Mangalore, and Karanja ports.

As for South African coal, a total volume of 0.65 mn t is set to arrive at various ports, while a total of 0.24 mn t of thermal coal reloaded from China is set to make its way into Indian ports.

Adani Enterprise is set to bring 0.11 mn t of thermal coal from China at Gangavaram Port, followed by Ambuja Cement's 0.08 mn t at Kandla Port, CoalMint's data shows.

Dhamra to receive highest vessel arrival

A total volume of 0.44 mn t of thermal coal is set to arrive at Dhamra Port from South Africa (0.32 mn t), and Australia (0.12 mn t).

Krishnapatnam Port is the next highest receiver of thermal coal during this period with a total volume of 0.43 mn t from all major coal importing destinations.

The port is set to receive 0.28 mn t of thermal coal from Australia, 0.15 mn t from Indonesia.

A total volume of 0.15 mn t of thermal coal is set to arrive at Vizag Port, while that of Mangalore would receive 0.07 mn t during the same period.

Highest thermal coal receivers

Receiver Quantity in mn t
Adani Enterprise 0.80
Swiss Singapore 0.18
Rashmi Group 0.16
Arcelormittal Nippon Steel 0.16
Chettinad Cement 0.15
Semb Corp Gayathri Power 0.15



13 Oct 2021, 18:49 IST



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