Norfolk Southern rescinded its "force majeure" declaration on its Lamberts Point terminal in Virginia on Jan. 5. According to the NS website, "operations at Lambert's Point were restored but unloading remained hampered by weather conditions. With operation restored, Norfolk Southern is working to clear the current backlog of shipments."
The force majeure was enacted on Dec. 18 as a result of record snowfalls and was extended when a series of conveyor belts problems shut down service. One belt was fixed and the conveyor was placed back in operation by Dec. 31, but the second took longer than expected to fix. Lamberts Point terminal is North America's largest facility for transloading coal from trains to ships for export.