Port of Tyne handles record-setting cargo of wood pellets

By Port of Tyne | October 31, 2017

Docking at the Port of Tyne, the bulk cargo vessel St. Dimitrios has sailed straight into the record books for discharging the biggest cargo of wood pellets ever handled at the port.

In total, 62,000 metric tons of wood-pellets will be unloaded over a five day operation—destined for Drax Power station in North Yorkshire.=

The 229-meter-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 five 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 metric tons of environmentally sustainable wood-pellets.