The floating, multipurpose bulk terminal Vesper was placed at the Port of Tilbury as part of an agreement set to last 4 years between the firms of SMT Shipping and CSL Group who reached the agreement with London Container Terminal and Cemineral.
Across the 4 of its holds, the VESPER can store up to 10,000 tonnes. The floating terminal is 125m long. The terminal is prepared to receive bulk powder by self-discharging pneumatic cement carriers as well as bulk vessels, storing materials until the load can be moved to powder tanker trucks, which are then dispatched to be delivered to customers.
Speaking regarding the latest agreement for the firm, the CEO of Eureka Shipping, Kai Grotterund stated: “We in Eureka are confident that the VESPER will become an important addition to our fleet. The Barge has advanced equipment and is rather unique. The cooperation with Cemineral and The Port of Tilbury to make the project become a reality has been excellent and we are looking forward to starting up the operation.”
Meanwhile, the Commercial Director at the Port of Tilbury, Peter Ward, expressed the significance of the latest deal between the port and the firms: “This is an important long term agreement with Eureka Shipping and it’s great to welcome the VESPER bulk terminal to our port. We are experts in handling bulk materials and coupled with our strategic location this makes us a natural point for distribution. Serving the whole UK market, we have excellent transport links to and from London and across the South East where over 50% of the population live and work.”
The floating terminal is located next to the now decommissioned Tilbury Power Station, which was put out of action in 2013. Most recently on September 28th, 2017 the chimneys at the power station were demolished, as pictured below:
Development plans have begun to extend the Port of Tilbury’s terminals that will be placed over the recently cleared site meaning more room for shipping and trade, as well as further spaces for goods vehicles in the area. The terminal would be used for importing and exporting containers, as well as handling goods from a warehouse set for development. The site would also handle bulk construction materials.
In preparation for its use at the Port of Tilbury, the VESPER was given a complete upgrade in early 2018, which was fulfilled in NAUTA shipyard, which is located in Gdynia, Poland.