The transhipment vessel set for the Lucky Bay grain export port is on its way to South Australia after launching in China last month.
The vessel – an 87-metre self-propelled, self-discharging vessel with a capacity of 3500 tonnes – will load grain from port and unload onto deep water vessels, five nautical miles from the port.
T-Ports chief executive officer Kieran Carvill said the vessel was due in South Australian waters in time for 2018 harvest exports.
“The use of a transhipment vessel means eliminating the need for major jetty structures and other port infrastructure, which is a lower-cost model.”
In Australia, T-Ports management have been meeting with industry stakeholders as work progresses on the Lucky Bay terminal site design.