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.