According to the Queensland coal chain manager; there is currently not enough coal to supply the number of waiting ships.
Currently there are 41 ships awaiting loading off the Mackay coast however Integrated Logistics Company, the coal chain manager, said at existing levels it can only supply 12 ships.
Company spokesman Mario Checuti said it is a serious problem.
Following major bottlenecks earlier this year, which saw 69 ships waiting at the Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal, Checuti said “we’ve had a few improvement programs initiated on the ground with all the service providers to make sure we’re not only efficient but maximising all the asset.
"Unfortunately at this point in time we can’t do that until we see some sort of improvement in the supply,” he said.
However, he pointed out that the fall in production is not down to mining companies attempting to inflate coal prices.
“The indications I’ve received from the producers is that they’re not scaling back – the ships are out there so the coal is required – that should be production as usual from their perspective,” Checuti said.
Instead, issues such as wet weather, equipment failures and the day to day hurdles that the miners are having are behind the drop.
Checuti went on to say that these problems are being addressed and normal production levels should soon resume.