Situated at a deep sea port, RBCT is equipped with state-of-the-art machinery. It is able to handle large ships and subsequently large volumes, and has gained a reputation for operating efficiently and reliably to prevent demurrages.
The terminal currently boasts a quay 2.2 kilometres long with 6 berths and four shiploaders, the two largest of which load at 10 000 and 12 000 tons per hour.
From the moment shipment details arrive from users or exporters, the Planning Department moves into action, planning and scheduling trains to the terminal from any one of the more than 49 load out points in KwaZulu-Natal or Mpumalanga.
A cooperative relationship exists between RBCT and Transnet Freight Rail, which owns and operates the railway line linking the coal fields to the port.
On arrival, RBCT utilises one of five tandem tipplers to offload the wagons at a rate of 5,500 tons per hour. At this rate 100 wagons can be offloaded in less than two hours.
Up to 14% of coal arriving at RBCT is bypassed directly onto waiting ships, while the rest is conveyed directly onto stockpiles.
The stock yard has a capacity of 8.2 million tons with 36 grades of coal stacked in more than 92 stock piles.
Stacking and reclaiming of coal at RBCT is a complex process, requiring sophisticated controls.
RBCT’s state-of-the-art, centralised control system is housed in a 42m high control tower manned by highly trained staff, who co-ordinate and control the movement of coal and stock yard machines.
The control room activates the optimum conveyor belt route from the tippler to the designated stock pile area. This 2.2m wide conveyor belt system covers over 50 kms and is amongst the fastest in the Southern Hemisphere, moving at up to 22 kms per hour.
Highly sophisticated yard machines stockpile the coal at up to 6000 tons per hour.
Ship loaders 1 and 2 load up to 8 500 tons per hour; ship loader 3 loads up to 10 000 tons per hour while ship loader 4 can reach a load rate of 12 000 tons per hour.