China's steel industry will be one of the markets for Mozambican coking coal and freight will be a major component of the landed cost. To minimise freight costs, Vale plan to load Panamax and Capes at anchor off Beira using Bulk Zambesi and her sister Bulk Limpopo to shuttle from the port of Beira, where the draft is restricted.
Bulk Zambesi and Bulk Limpopo are owned and operated by Coeclerici Logistics of Italy and are on long-term charter to Vale. The vessels have cranes which discharge the coal into deck-mounted hoppers on the starboard side, which in turn feed a conveyor and long-travelling ship loader boom on the port side.
Outward bound from the Yard in China
Cranes load hoppers from the conventional cargo holds
At sea, coal is transferred using a travelling ship loader
Twin bow thrusters for port and ship-to-ship berthing
High-lift Becker Rudder and Controllable Pitch Prop
The Antipodean Mariner