Big ship in town

ABP Ipswich achieved a double record when the largest-ever vessel arrived in port.Associated British Ports (ABP) Port of Ipswich recently played host to the Malabar Light, the largest-ever vessel (in dead-weight tonnage terms) to arrive at Ipswich.

ABP Ipswich achieved a double record when the largest-ever vessel arrived in port.

Associated British Ports (ABP) Port of Ipswich recently played host to the Malabar Light, the largest-ever vessel (in dead-weight tonnage terms) to arrive at Ipswich. Her cargo was also the largest-ever – a fertiliser shipment – to be handled by the port.

Arriving at Ipswich from Puerto Jose, Venezuela, the 23,581-tonne MV Malabar Light discharged 11,133 tonnes of bulk fertiliser for ConAgra Resources (Europe) Ltd, at ABP's Coldock Terminal, for bagging and distribution to farms throughout East Anglia and beyond.

Rob Smith, port manager, at Ipswich, said: "We are handling increasingly larger vessels and shipments at Ipswich, which is a tribute to the first-class facilities and equipment that the port provides."

The previous record for the port's largest consignment of fertiliser was also held by ConAgra Resources (Europe) Ltd when the MV Sinega discharged almost 11,000 tonnes of fertiliser at Coldock Terminal in November last year.

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