Press release

20 March, 2019

Port Advisory - Australia - Train Derailment at Dalrymple Bay Balloon

Posted 20/03/2019

1 vessel has berthed at DBCT early this morning, 3 more vessels scheduled to berth tomorrow morning as the terminal appears to ramp up its exports again.

The vessel queue is now at 37 vessels including the vessel currently alongside with average waiting days currently sitting at 17 days.

There are 18 vessels scheduled to berth between 21-27 March in contrast to the 5 vessels that have berthed in the week 14-20 March.  There are only 8 vessels scheduled to arrive for DBCT between 21-27 March so we should see the queue decrease as a result. 

ISS understands that Berth / Ship loader No.2 will be down for maintenance from the 08-20 April which will restrict loading capacity by one third during this time (as only 3 ship loaders servicing the 4 berths, Ship loader #3 services both Berths #3 & #4)

ISS understands that the Goonyella rail system is scheduled to be down for planned maintenance for 24 hours on the 10/April.


Posted 15/03/2019

Further to yesterday’s update below, please note that there are currently NO vessels alongside at DBCT.  Next vessel scheduled to come alongside 16/March @ 05:30hrs as per latest DBCT line-up to load Oaky Creek and other cargoes.

ISS has been advised that  recovery work will be completed at 1600/15 and railings will recommence at that time. 


Posted 14/03/2019

Further to previous reports on this subject, please note that there are currently NO vessels alongside at DBCT.  Next vessel scheduled to come alongside 15/March @ 22:00hrs as per latest DBCT line-up to load Peak Downs Cargo.

Inchcape has been advised that there is a minor change to the timings for the completion of the recovery work to 1600/15 from 1200/15, we hope provide a further update on Friday morning (LT).

Recap, as follows:

Inchcape understands that there has been a train derailment at Dalrymple Bay balloon (junction point between in track of unloader and the out track of the unloader) from one of Pacific National trains.  

  • The derailment occurred Sunday afternoon at approx. 1500 hours.
  • Inchcape understands that the removal of derailed wagons commenced at 1800LT/11 and the inspection of overhead electrical equipment commenced AMLT/12.
  • Inchcape understands that unloading operations from trains is currently NOT possible at DBCT until rolling stock and track recovery operations are complete. 
  • Vessels that do not have coal already available at the port will face delays to what has been previously scheduled.
  • ISS Understands that Rolling stock recovery was completed at 1700/12.  All recovery work is expected to be completed no earlier than 1600/15 and no later than 1800/15.
  • DBCT has still ceased unloading operations and will not recommence until recovery operations are completed.
  • Next vessel scheduled to come alongside 15/March @ 22:00hrs as per latest DBCT line-up to load Peak Downs Cargo.

Posted 12/03/2019

Further to the train derailment at DBCT inloading.

The removal of derailed wagons is underway and the inspection of overhead electrical equipment will take place once wagons have been removed.

Inchcape understands that DBCT are loading one vessel at this time which is expected to completed around 1230LT/13 and no further ship loading will take place until rail inloading repairs can be completed.

Inchcape was previously advised that this may be 48 hours but this is now uncertain.


Posted 11/03/2019

Inchcape has received reports that there has been a train derailment at Dalrymple Bay balloon (junction point between in track of unloader and the out track of the unloader) from one of Pacific National trains. The derailment occurred Sunday the 10th of March at approximately  1500 hours, local time. 

Unloading operations from trains is currently NOT possible at DBCT until rolling stock and track recovery operations are complete. 

Rolling stock recovery is expected to commence at 1800/11, local time and the inspection of overhead electrical equipment will commence AMLT/12 local time. The total repair time is approximately 48 hours.

Track and overhead line equipment recovery operation will commence once rolling stock recovery has been completed.

Vessels that do not have coal already available at the port will likely face delays to what has been previously scheduled.