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Railroad handles massive met coal export shipment

Keywords: Tags  metallurgical coal, coal exports, Norfok Southern, ocean terminal, Liuzhou Iron & Steel, Integrity Coal Sales International, Corinna Petry

CHICAGO — Norfolk Southern Corp. loaded a record 166,840 net tons of metallurgical coal into a single oceangoing vessel at Pier 6 at Lamberts Point Coal Terminal in Norfolk, Va., Sept. 17.

The material was loaded into the 984-foot M/V China Pioneer, which then sailed for Liuzhou Iron & Steel Co. Ltd. in China, by way of Trinidad, the Norfolk, Va.-based railroad said. The coal was shipped in 1,561 railroad coal cars by Ronkonkoma, N.Y.-based Integrity Coal Sales International Inc.

Norfolk Southern has been transferring coal and coke from railroad cars into oceangoing export and domestic vessels in the Lamberts Point area since 1884.

Most of the coal moving through Pier 6 originates in Southwest Virginia, southern West Virginia, eastern Kentucky and Pennsylvania. It is shipped to several dozen countries, as well as to coastwise domestic receivers.

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