Company CEO Nosipho Siwisa-Damasane, in a company presentation given at the port before media outlets, said the record was “a very difficult one to break” and said the whole-year outlook for 2016 should be in line with the year just ended.

She also said in the presentation that the facility has reviewed its business model in the face of the global coal market downturn and is working to ensure higher productivity and efficiencies, reduction in downtimes, operational and support cost reductions, and faster turnaround times for vessels and trains.

On the safety side, RBCT achieved 4 million man-hours without a lost-time accident as of January 10.

The terminal, located on the Richards Bay harbor on the country’s Indian Ocean coast, has an annual capacity of 91 million tons. It ships coal for several large operators including Glencore and Anglo American.