First coal shipment will depart WICET today
THE much anticipated first coal shipment will depart Wiggins Island Coal Exporting Terminal at 1.45pm today.
Vessel Toro Orient will depart Gladstone Harbour early this afternoon bound for Hong Kong.
The inaugural shipment of approximately 73 000 tonnes of coal marks the end of a three year construction period at the facility.
It was announced on April 17 the first ship was due in the port that day, but could take up to 10 days to commission and load the ship before it sets off.
It has been 11 years since the $2.6 billion project was first mooted and its owners, who visited WICET last month, were excited to see the first piles of coal quickly growing at the stockyard.