United Bulk Terminals (UBT) has claimed a significant milestone by loading around 140,000 short tons (ST) of dry bulk cargo from barge to ship at an average load rate of over 40,000 ST per day.
The dry bulk material was loaded directly from barges onto a Capesize vessel at Davant, Louisiana. “This is a remarkable loading record, which conclusively demonstrates the company’s performance,” stated the Houston (US-based terminal operator.
“Over the past two years, UBT has responded to the increasingly difficult market by investing in its key infrastructure and optimising its operational processes,” said UBT.
“These measures, in combination with UBT’s strategic position on the Lower Mississippi River, which serves as a gateway to international and domestic markets, are paying off. UBT’s deepwater docks capable of loading some of the largest vessels sailing the world’s oceans further strengthens UBT’s position.”
Philipp Kroepels, general manager of UBT Davant, said: “Our strengths are our employees, our location and our efficient infrastructure. We are constantly evolving our services and performance to satisfy our customers and ensure flexible and efficient handling of dry bulk commodities.
“We offer services, such as ground storage, direct ship-to-ship transfers, self load/discharge, blending, dewatering, mechanical sampling and we are known for flexibility around special requests.”
United Bulk Terminals (UBT) is a subsidiary of Marquard & Bahls, a Hamburg-based company that operates in the fields of energy supply, trading and logistics. UBT provides a broad spectrum of services related to the storage and handling of dry bulk products.
The facility in Davant is the largest dry bulk export terminal on the US Gulf Coast, servicing major petcoke and coal producers.