First carrier calling at Port Esbjerg’s new bulk terminal

When unloading 10,200 tonnes of gravel on Friday night, Stema Shipping’s M/S Tertnes became the first bulk carrier ever to use Port Esbjerg’s newly established bulk terminal. Expectations are that the terminal will attract more business to the port of Esbjerg.

The newly established bulk terminal was put into service on Friday night when bulk carrier M/S Tertnes called at the port of Esbjerg to unload 10,200 tonnes of gravel from Jelsa, Norway. Blue Water Shipping, M/S Tertnes’ shipping agent, was responsible for unloading the gravel, which will now be transported to NCC.

The new bulk terminal, offering a combined capacity of about 17,000 m3 across its four holds, is intended for cargoes of sand, crushed stone, gravel and granite, for example.

“The bulk terminal was the perfect place to unload the gravel from M/S Tertnes, as the cargo consisted of four different fractions,” says Søren Stougaard, shipbroker of Blue Water Shipping.

Stema Shipping’s M/S Tertnes has a carrying capacity of 11,546 DWAT and is 129 metres long and 20.5 metres wide. This modern specialty bulk carrier has its own unloading jib, which considerably increases the unloading capacity as compared with unloading using a mobile jib crane.

 M/S Tertnes has its own unloading jib, which considerably increases the unloading capacity as compared with unloading using a mobile jib crane. Photo: Christer Holte
 

Potential for more business

Søren Stougaard hopes that with the new terminal and its capacity to handle large bulk volumes, more companies will use the port of Esbjerg.

“I hope and believe that both existing and new customers will use the new terminal, increasing the volumes of imports and exports alike. I am confident that we will achieve that because you can load and unload large volumes and store your goods for a prolonged period of time. Normally, you have to unload directly on the quay and then quickly remove the goods again,” explains Søren Stougaard.

Port Esbjerg established the bulk terminal just under a month ago with a view to generating more business.

“We’ve always had bulk at the port, but with the new bulk terminal, we’re expanding our offering by facilitating bulk goods handling in a structured way. We’re confident that this will attract more business to the port, and delighted to see M/S Tertnes inaugurating our new facility, which is the first step to achieving this goal,” concludes Port Esbjerg CEO Dennis Jul Petersen. 

The new bulk terminal, offering a combined capacity of about 17,000 m3 across its four holds, is intended for cargoes of sand, crushed stone, gravel and granite, for example. Photo: Christer Holte
 
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