Denis Horgan, general manager, Westshore Terminals, called the incident “the biggest calamity in our history” and said the cleanup and repair is something “that will take months, not weeks.” The berth that was impacted can handle vessels up to 260,000 deadweight tons using a single, rail-mounted shiploader capable of loading at a rate of 7,000 metric tons per hour. Noting the coal port already operates 24/7, Horgan said there’s no doubt the loss of the berth, which is the bigger of the two, will impact customers. Fewer trains will be arriving at the terminal and less coal will be stored at the site as a result. Westshore Terminals Ltd. Partnership has filed a lawsuit against the Japanese owners of the ship Cape Apricot that was involved in the collision on December 14.
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