China would appear to be holding firm on its ban on Australian coal, with ships now being diverted to other Asian ports in Vietnam, India, South Korea, Malaysia and Thailand to unload.

This comes three weeks after reports that the world’s largest importer of Australian coal was considering the acceptance of some cargoes, amid fuel shortages and port congestion.

Statistics from dry bulk intelligence provider Oceanbolt indicate that Beijing has not imported a single nugget since early January.