The Port of Ipswich has recently welcomed the large rice-carrying cargo ship MV IJBORG, in support of the UK food processing and manufacturing sector.
The vessel was carrying over 8,000t of rice, which had been imported into the UK from Waggaman in New Orleans. At nearly 143m-long, MV IJBORG required the support of three tug boats in order to be able to berth safely and prepare for discharge and departure.
Andrew Harston, Wales and Short Sea Ports Director at Associated British Ports, which owns and operates the Port of Ipswich, said: “This complex operation is a great example of how our expert marine team in Ipswich, working with Harwich Haven pilots and Svitzer Towage, is able to accommodate the requirements of larger vessels with flexibility and efficiency.”
As one of the leading grain handling ports in the UK, the Port of Ipswich handled over 900,000t of cargo, including agribulks and fertiliser, in support of the UK farming industry in 2020.