Fifty Australian Coal Ships Stranded off Chinese Coast

More than 50 Australian coal ships are still stranded off China’s coast due to the Chinese government’s import ban, in spite of the country facing coal shortages and one of its worst power outages in years.

More than 50 Australian coal ships are still stranded off China’s coast due to the Chinese government’s import ban, in spite of the country facing coal shortages and one of its worst power outages in years.

China has denied the possibility that its October ban on Australian coal has contributed to the coal shortage but the ban is connected to higher domestic prices. 

Analysts have said that under the current circumstances any incoming coal would help.

As a result, hundreds of millions of Chinese people have been ordered to severely ration electricity usage.

According to the National Development and Reform Commission, there was no shortage of power supply in Zhejiang and that it could submit to the province’s demands, however they also added that some places had adopted measures “in order to promote energy conservation and emission reduction.”

Local residents were skeptical of the apparent need to turn off street lights and factory power in order to achieve reduction targets. 


© Fourth Estate® — All Rights Reserved.
This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.