Norfolk Southern celebrates 50 years of world-class service to global coal
market with Pier 6
NORFOLK, Va., Sept. 18, 2013
NORFOLK, Va., Sept. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Norfolk Southern today
commemorated the fiftieth anniversary of the original dedication of Pier 6,
its coal transloading facility in Norfolk, with a ceremony at Lamberts Point,
where the railroad has been transferring coal directly from rail cars to ships
for export for 130 years.
Pier 6 was completed in July 1963 and formally dedicated Sept. 18 that year.
It was designed and built primarily to load ships bound for steel mills around
the world with high-quality, metallurgical coal from the central Appalachian
coal fields. It was then, and remains today, the largest and fastest coal
transloading facility in the Northern Hemisphere and continues to dominate the
U.S. export coal market.
Today's ceremony included remarks by Superintendent of Terminals Jeff Yates,
retired Senior Vice President-International Bill Bales, retired Senior
Piermaster Bob Welch, T. Parker Host CEO David Host, Norfolk Mayor Paul Fraim,
Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, and Norfolk Southern CEO Wick Moorman.
"Pier 6 was an engineering marvel 50 years ago, and it still is today,"
Moorman said. "No facility in the world provides the level and quality of
service to the global metallurgical and thermal coal markets that Pier 6 does.
We have every expectation that it will continue to fill that very large niche
for decades to come."
Pier 6 is unique in its ability to blend coal from different sources to
precise formulas as it is being loaded onto ships. It achieves this by dumping
coal directly from rail cars into a conveyor system that feeds directly into
ships' holds, in contrast to other facilities that store coal on the ground
rather than in rail cars. This is a valuable service to receivers of
metallurgical coal, who have exacting blend requirements and can receive the
coal ready to use off the ship. Pier 6 also serves the thermal coal market.
Pier 6 was built at a cost of $25 million ($190 million in 2013 dollars). In
the last five years, Norfolk Southern has invested more than $43 million to
maintain and upgrade track and facilities at Lamberts Point, reflecting the
company's confidence that, even given the challenges facing coal today, the
global market will continue to require world-class service into the
Fast Facts about Pier 6
oCoal operations at Lamberts Point cover 400 acres.
oThe entire facility can hold about 6,500 railcars on 150 miles of track.
oIt is the largest coal loading facility in the Northern Hemisphere, with a
throughput capacity of 36 million tons annually.
oIt takes an average of 24 hours to load one ship for a typical load of
oWith both dumpers and both shiploaders operating, Pier 6 can handle up to
8,000 tons an hour.
oEach shiploader weighs 2,400 tons and rolls on 96 rail wheels. They are
among the largest pieces of moving machinery in the world.
oThe pier is 1,850 feet long.
oThe shiploaders rise 182 feet above the water.
oLamberts Point, including the 38th Street Car Shop, employs about 450
oIn January 2012, Pier 6 loaded a record 159,941.45 net tons (145,097.931
metric tons) of metallurgical coal into the M/V Cape Dover, destined for
China. Loading was completed in less than 48 hours.
oSince 1883, more than 1.2 billion tons of coal have been loaded onto
vessels at Lamberts Point. This would fill a train stretching almost half
way to the moon.
Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE: NSC) is one of the nation's premier
transportation companies. Its Norfolk Southern Railway Company subsidiary
operates approximately 20,000 route miles in 22 states and the District of
Columbia, serves every major container port in the eastern United States, and
provides efficient connections to other rail carriers. Norfolk Southern
operates the most extensive intermodal network in the East and is a major
transporter of coal, automotive, and industrial products.
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One of Pier 6's shiploaders, rising 182 feet above water.
Dumping coal at Norfolk Southern's Pier 6.
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