T-Ports vessel bound for South Australia

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.