The Port of Tilbury and ADM Erith have successfully launched a twice-daily coastal barge operation to deliver thousands of tonnes of oil seed rape from the port’s grain terminal along the River Thames to ADM Erith’s processing facility.
The partners said that this form of waterborne transport reduces truck journeys and ensures a greener supply chain for both businesses. The coastal vessel the POLLA ROSE takes the cargo from Tilbury twice a day, Monday to Friday with each trip moving 500t of oil rape seed at a time.
Each round trip is managed by HCH Marine and takes around seven hours, and this operation removes 36 truck journeys each day from already congested roads.
The Port of Tilbury said it aims to provide a greener supply chain for customers by using water-borne freight solutions.
“We are very pleased with this new coastal service for ADM Erith,” said Gary Vincent, asset manager at the Port of Tilbury. “Using the POLLA ROSE vessel for this cargo movement has been a success both operationally and as a greener supply chain solution for our customer.”
Martin Farrow, general manager at ADM in Erith, said: “We’re delighted to work together with the port of Tilbury to support our environmental efforts and optimise our supply chain. It also comes at a great time now that our Erith plant is fully operational again.”
Nick Howard, managing director of HCH Marine, said: “We’re very happy to have the support of both ADM and the Port of Tilbury and together we are looking forward to keeping river freight alive and doing our bit to keep road congestion down.”