Railroad Wants RI

To Reconsider OrderWOONSOCKET, R.I. - The Providence & Worcester Railroad is asking a Rhode Island state agency to reconsider an order that could jeopardize the marine transport of coal to two proposed electric plants in the state.

The state Coastal Resources Management Council voted 5-5 Mar. 22 that the P&W must reapply for permits to finish a 47-acre marine terminal at East Providence. The permits were first issued in 1976, but the railroad ran into

financial difficulties after spending $3 million.

An Army Corps of Engineers permit expired Dec. 31, and the project is now opposed by federal environmental officials as well as many East Providence residents.

Alexander Kahlbach, P&W vice president, said a failure to get the council to reconsider its Mar. 22 action would have very serious consequences for us.

Record Coal Shipment

Leaves Mississippi

MYRTLE GROVE, La. - International Marine Terminals set a record for the largest shipment of coal to leave the United States from the lower Mississippi River.

The shipment of 129,277 tons loaded on the Greek-flag Eirini L. April 11 was the second largest shipment ever to leave the United States, said Susan Wingfield, president of the Mississippi Valley Coal Exporters Council, New Orleans.

The shipper was Cravat Coal Co. and the cargo was headed for Taiwan, Ms. Wingfield said.

The largest shipment of coal from the United States was 137,248 short tons

from Hampton Roads destined for Israel in December 1986. The IMT shipment broke the previous record for the lower Mississippi of 100,769 tons loaded at Electro-Coal Transfer last August. That shipment was destined for Japan.