THE MV Koutalianos became the largest ever cargo vessel to call the UK’s Port of Tilbury last week.
Collecting 50,000 tonnes of barley destined for Saudi Arabia, the shipment was part of a contract Tilbury has with Glencore Grain UK Ltd.
Weighing in at 93,000 tonnes and measuring 230 metres in length, the size of two football pitches laid end-to-end, the arrival of the post-Panamax sized MV Koutalianos required careful planning to ensure her safe arrival into the port.
“The Koutalianos has presented us with interesting manoeuvring challenges that we have not previously encountered at the grain terminal,” said Perry Glading, COO of Forth Ports.
“However, the dedicated work of our grain and bulks team has ensured the successful delivery of 50,000 tonnes of barley – from the largest vessel we have handled to date. We feel that safe delivery of this shipment secures Tilbury’s position as the main deep water port in the South East of the UK.”