Delft University of Technology
Faculty Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering
Transport Technology / Logistic Engineering

A.M. Joekes Transportation and Exportation of South African Coal
Literature survey, Report 2002.LT.5636, Transport Technology, Logistic Engineering.

As the global need for coal is growing, the export coal industry faces challenges regarding cost efficient transport to meet demand. The export coal supply chain in South Africa, the leader in cost efficient coal transport, is studied in this report to gain insights in transporting and exporting coal efficiently. To place the South African industry in a wider context, this literature study benchmarks the Australian export coal industry, providing a better understanding of coal exporting technologies and systems.

The operator of the coal line, running from the mines to the port of Richards Bay, is a world leader in hauling the coal cost efficiently to the coal terminal by implementing technological innovative systems. Together with the well-equipped Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT), being the world's largest coal terminal, it forms the backbone of the South African export coal industry. Added to these strong actors in the supply chain are favourable conditions such as geographical and geological advantages, cheap labour, and the benefits of a devaluating Rand.
The unskilled labour force, negative effects of the devaluating Rand for acquiring mining equipment, and the limited reserves in the coalfields, are some of the negative aspects of the South African export coal industry.

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