Train crashes and fires have not prevented Russian steam coal exports jumping by almost 10% in the first 10 months of 2021, according to a top shipbroker.

Between January and October volumes leaving the country rose by 13.9m tonnes year-on-year in to 164.1m tonnes, said Simpson Spence Young (SSY).

However, the world's largest independent shipbroker said latest government data indicated a "slower pace of shipments" in the final two months of the year.