27 October 2017
Docking at the Port of Tyne, the bulk cargo vessel St Dimitrios has sailed straight in to the record books for discharging the biggest cargo of wood-pellets ever handled at the Port.
In total 62,000 tonnes of wood-pellets will be unloaded over a five day operation – destined for Drax Power station in North Yorkshire.
The 229m long vessel has sailed almost 8,846 nautical miles over 44 days from Vancouver, Canada with its cargo of wood-pellets which is now replacing coal as a fuel in power stations to provide electricity for the National Grid.
Steven Harrison, Port of Tyne Chief Operating Officer, said: “The Port of Tyne has been pioneering handling of this type of cargo since 2010 - our skilled operation enables a cargo of this size to be discharged in only 5 days and stored in a purposely designed on-site storage facility.
“Our rail terminal then takes the pellets directly to the power station eliminating road miles and increasing efficiency.”
Since 2010 the Port of Tyne has handled almost 7 million tonnes of environmentally sustainable wood-pellets.