7.4.2021 | Ports

No job too big for the port of Ipswich

Smooth sailing for 8,000-tonne rice vessel operation.

The Port of Ipswich, owned and operated by Associated British Ports (ABP), has recently welcomed the large rice-carrying cargo ship MV Ijborg to support the UK food processing and manufacturing sector.

The vessel was carrying over 8,000 tonnes of rice, had been imported into the UK from Waggaman in New Orleans. At nearly 143 metres long, MV Ijborg required the support of three tug boats to berth safely and prepare for discharge and departure.

Andrew Harston, ABP Wales and Short Sea Ports Director, said: “This complex operation is a great example of how our expert marine team in Ipswich, working with Harwich Haven pilots and Svitzer Towage, can accommodate the requirements of larger vessels with flexibility and efficiency.”

As one of the leading grain-handling ports in the UK, the Port of Ipswich handled over 900,000 tonnes of cargo, including agribulks and fertiliser, supporting the UK farming industry in 2020.

Image: MV Ijborg at the Port of Ipswich. Credit Stephen Waller Photography