The topic of the infamous coal power plant came at a party recently. A guest, who seemed to know something of the matter remarked that one of the problems was that the power plant lacked a pier, therefore coal could not be unloaded directly onto the premises.
Instead, the coal is unloaded onto small barges and then transferred to the plant. This is, to say the least, grossly inefficient. Quite apart from the inefficiency, the barges cannot travel if the water is rough, which is pretty much most of the time during the rainy season. I was trying to verify this information and came across this letter, written in 2005 highlighting some of the problems, including the issue of unloading coal.
Another story that the guest had heard was that when the barges cannot transport the coal the ships are held up, so they simply dump the cargo and leave. It sounds a little difficult to believe, does anyone have any more information to share? If they are not dumping the cargo they must be paid heavy demurrage, which pushes up the cost of the coal.