Loading the 50,000t of UK-grown barley at Tilbury will take up to a week.
The largest grain cargovessel ever to sail from the Port of Tilbury is loading over 50,000 tonnes ofUK barley this week (22 October 2013). The vast 230 metre MV Koutalianos weighsin at a mighty 93,000 tonnes deadweight – yet is still dwarfed by thehigh-capacity loading conveyors and towers of the Tilbury docks.
With a deck area of aroundtwo acres (8,500 m2), the MV Koutalianos will carry the harvest fromover 15,000 acres (6300ha) of UK farmland, most from farms across eastern and southern England.
This shipment, destinedfor Saudi Arabia, continues what has been a great start to the UK barley exportmarket, reported Glencore Grain’s Nick Oakhill. Following the increasedarea of spring barley grown over the past season, and better than expectedyields at harvest, the UK has a significant exportable surplus this year.
With cumulative shipmentsfrom Tilbury of over 100,000 tonnes of export barley sales already this season,the trade has been crucial in securing a market for UK grain, he said.
The capacity of Tilburyto deal with such large grain consignments has been instrumental in achievingthe shipment, and in completing the delivery quickly and efficiently.
The Port of Tilbury hasover seven kilometres of dockside, with the ports grain handling capabilityincluding 120,000 tonnes of storage in over 200 separate silos linked by afully computerised high-speed loading system. The Port is fully TASCC and AIBapproved for hygiene and handling of grain and food crops.
Loadingof the MV Koutalianos is scheduled to take up to seven days, after which she will sailto France and onward to the end destination of Saudi Arabia.