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Future Freight Networks : Yearbook 2012
58 FORUM 2012 Keynote Speaker: David Irwin, Director Pacifc National Coal David Irwin, Director of Pacific National Coal, laid out in his speech, 'Lessons from the Hunter Valley Coal Supply Chain', that expanding capacity at the Hunter Valley coal terminals is outstripping what can be carried by rail. The trouble is, to ensure space at the port, rail operators are leaving trains on the tracks, adding to congestion and slowing shipments, he said. At minimum each day, he said at least six trains sit unused on the track, taking up space. He warned that with 10 billion tonnes of extra capacity at Hunter Valley coal terminals by mid-2013, ARTC might need to ration the coal contracts they assign to the track. The average speed of coal trains today is 22 kilometres per hour. Four years ago it was 50 kilometres per hour. 'We haven't got the combination of port, track and train right,' Mr Irwin said. 'It's a vicious circle. Unless we take a step back, contemplate where we are, and do things differently, we will forever chase our tail,' Mr Irwin said. Between 2013 and 2014 an estimated 25 million to 60 million tonnes of capacity at sea terminals will go unused because rail operators don't have the capacity to match it. 'That's a scary scenario for a coal producer when I'm paying for that 60 million tonnes of capacity at the port.' Rail operators need to cooperate more to divvy up rail access fairly. A third-party arbitrator who can maintain commercial in- confidence information should referee the space. No such third party exists in Queensland, Mr Irwin said. Mr Irwin warned that the fourth terminal at the Port Waratah Coal Terminal might finish construction in three years with no rail-borne coal to feed it. David Irwin, Director Pacifc National Coal