North Queensland Ports Corporation has reopened its coal loading ports after Cyclone Yasi passed.
Following visual inspections late yesterday, Hay Point, Dalrymple Bay and Mackay ports have now reopened, with the first coal trains entering Hay early this morning.
Both Hay Point and Dalrymple Bay’s tug berths remained secure.
Two ships returned to Dalrymple Bay on Thursday and five loaded coal trains west of Coppabella began arriving from midnight, NQPC spokesperson Mary Steele said.
However, it does not expect to fully reopen Abbot Point until later today, as it had no power for navigation leads, although anchorage could be reinstated.
“The terminal is planning to bring the morning shift in tomorrow and, assuming the power is restored, the first train is likely mid-morning Friday," she said.