EVD's Bohemia ship, loaded with black coking coal from Australia, has arrived at the Port of Decín-Loubí.
“So far, we have transported coal to our customers directly from Rotterdam. This is the ‘first swallow’, an attempt to partially replace the Decín – Bad Schandau railway section which will be limited by planned engineering works and possibly also by the closure in the Port of Rotterdam itself this year,” commented Tomáš Tóth, Chairman of the Board of CD Cargo.
The ship from Rotterdam sailed on the Rhine, the Central German Canal and the Elbe. It brought a total of 1300 t of coal that was reloaded to the Falls hopper wagons in the Decín port and transported to the final consignee, which was the company Liberty Steel in Ostrava.
The importance of coal for energy has been declining for a long time but it is still a very important raw material for metallurgy. With the drop in mining in OKD, it is therefore necessary to import it from various parts of the world. In addition to coal from Polish suppliers, overseas black coal which is brought to a number of European ports by deep sea ships plays an important role, too.
“Compared to rail transport from Rotterdam, the new method is slower but it could be cheaper. That is why we will meet with our business partner and evaluate the transport as well as its economy,” concluded Tóth.
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