Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Dry Bulk Cargo Import Terminal Feeds Northern Port's Success

Largest Single Shipment Ever Arrives for Main Client
Shipping News Feature
UK – The Port of Hull has recently celebrated a milestone, completing the largest shipment of wood pellets ever handled at Associated British Port's (ABP) Dry Bulks Terminal. The ABP operations team discharged nearly 30,000 tonnes from the 200 metre bulk carrier, Isadora, destined for the Drax Power Station in Selby. The shipment will generate enough sustainable electricity for almost 18,000 homes for a year.

The offload of the import cargo was fully completed in around 77 hours (including stoppages), the weather-sensitive cargo of compressed wood pellets was directly loaded to lorries and the remainder of stock stored in the state-of-the-art 26 Shed. ABP Humber Director, Simon Bird, commented:

“It’s important to work in partnership with our customers to enable to them to grow and achieve fundamental business objectives. Our highly-skilled teams and continuing investment in infrastructure are vital factors in ensuring we can always offer the best possible services to our customers.”

Drax has been extremely important in the Port of Hull’s development which is home to a dedicated rail-load-out facility for the power station where, in just 40 minutes, it can load a train with 1,600 tonnes of wood pellets. Up to 17 biomass trains per week can deliver fuel to Drax from the Port of Hull. Drax Head of Logistics, Mark Gibbens, said:

“Developing a supply chain able to deliver the sustainable biomass in the quantities required was central to us being able to convert two thirds of the power station to use biomass instead of coal, transforming the business to become the largest decarbonisation project in Europe.

“We have supported investment of £300 million in our port facilities and our operations support 5,700 jobs in the supply chain in the north and contribute £600 million to the region’s economy. The Port of Hull is an important part of the Drax supply chain, and continues to handle biomass for us in a safe and reliable manner.”

Photo: Two of the biomass domes at the Drax power station.