Port of Tilbury handles largest ever cargo vessel

  • MV Koutalianos docks in Port of Tilbury

  • Forth Ports to supply port services for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

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, who own and operate the Port of Tilbury.

“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.”

Last week, Forth Ports also announced that has been appointed as the supplier of port services for the Commonwealth Games to be held in Glasgow next year.

The contribution of Forth Ports will see them supply 350 40ft shipping containers to pack and store equipment purchased from London 2012 Organisers, LOCOG.

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