One of the largest cargoes of urea fertiliser to arrive in the UK this season has been unloaded at the Port of Immingham.
Today’s call by the MV MONTROSE saw 26,000t of high-quality granular urea delivered to the UK port from Alexandria in Egypt. The cargo will be bagged and distributed to farmers as essential crop nutrition.
The cargo’s arrival is particularly timely, according to Calum Findlay, fertiliser manager at Gleadell Agriculture, the shipper, which has been importing and exporting a range of agribulk products at Immingham since the 1970s.
“Although the UK nitrogen fertiliser market is running behind last year, autumn arable plantings are forecast to be at or above last year’s levels,” he explained.
“This, together with a likely increased focus on early forage production following the 2018 summer drought, means demand from now into spring 2019 is likely to be higher than last year.
“On-farm buying interest for nitrogen fertiliser is increasing. At the same time, importers are finding it difficult to buy new vessels of urea at competitive levels due to the firm global market. Stocks in the UK will remain tight.”
Port operator ABP said: “Supporting local farmers by helping to maximise crop yields, the shipment will require around 900 lorries to be distributed across the length and breadth of the country.”
ABP’s dedicated bulk terminals in Immingham handle around 1 Mtpa of agribulk-based cargoes, and a further investment boost for the site was recently announced by the port operator.
Mark Frith, ABP port manager for Grimsby and Immingham, said: “Agribulk business is exceptionally important for the UK economy. Farmers across Lincolnshire and further afield will greatly benefit from imports such as this large shipment.”
Gleadell works exclusively with both CHS and SKW Piesteritz on bringing an array of agribulk commodities to the country.
David Sheppard, managing director of Gleadell said: “Our longstanding and excellent relationship with ABP in Immingham comprises a wide range of crops and products.
“Having the facility to handle a large vessel such as the MV MONTROSE enables us to maximise economies of scale, delivering benefits to all our farmer customers who will be taking delivery of this fertiliser over the coming weeks.”
(Article updated 7 November 2018)