The Port of Tilbury has welcomed a unique floating bulk terminal to its new base on the Thames.
Eureka Shipping, part of SMT Shipping and the CSL Group, has based its multipurpose floating bulk terminal VESPER at the Port of Tilbury under a four-year agreement with London Container Terminal and Cemineral.
The 125m-long VESPER has a storage capacity of 10,000t across its four holds. The floating terminal is equipped to receive bulk powder both from self-discharging pneumatic cement carriers and from bulk vessels in a dust-free manner. It stores the material, and then loads directly to powder tanker trucks for delivery to customers.
“We in Eureka are confident that the VESPER will become an important addition to our fleet,” said Kai Grotterud, CEO of Eureka Shipping.
“The barge has advanced equipment and is rather unique. The cooperation with Cemineral and the Port of Tilbury to make the project become a reality has been excellent, and we are looking forward to starting up the operation.”
Peter Ward, commercial director at the Port of Tilbury, said: “This is an important long-term agreement with Eureka Shipping, and it’s great to welcome the VESPER bulk terminal to our port.
“We are experts in handling bulk materials, and, coupled with our strategic location, this makes us a natural point for distribution. Serving the whole UK market, we have excellent transport links to and from London and across the South East where over 50% of the population live and work.”
During the early part of 2018, VESPER has undergone a complete upgrade at the NAUTA shipyard in Gdynia, Poland. The vessel’s cargo handling system is only 10 years old, but all its equipment and machinery has undergone a complete overhaul since the barge was purchased. Various modifications and installations have also been carried out.
Cemineral is an importer of fly ash into the UK via its first import terminal in Immingham. The new terminal in Tilbury will allow Cemineral to supply fly ash to the construction market in the southeast of the UK.
Fly Ash is used in the production of concrete and Cemineral supplies two types of this material for use in the pre-cast and high-performance (e.g. tunnels and multi-storey) markets.