At the beginning of February Shoreham Port welcomed its first shipment of pulp from Sweden. Pulp comes from softwood trees such as spruce, pine, fir, larch and hemlock, and hardwoods such as eucalyptus, aspen and birch. Pulp is most commonly used as a raw material in papermaking, but is also used in textiles, food, pharmaceutical and many other industries. 1,000 tonnes of pulp will be delivered into Shoreham every six to eight weeks and the Port’s Operation’s Division are on hand to ensure the safe unloading of the cargo.
The first shipment was quite challenging as the cargo must be kept dry, and recently as you will know there have been very few dry weather windows, so a very quick and efficient discharge was required.
The Operations Division are using specialist lifting equipment to unload the pulp with hooks for discharging from the ship and bale clamps fitted to forklifts, for handling the pulp on the quay. The recent shipments of pulp have added to Shoreham Port’s ever growing cargo base of sand, aggregate, steel, ash, woodchip, timber and many more.
Alan Motterham, Commercial/Operations Director at Shoreham Port said “We are pleased to have been awarded this contract. It adds to our portfolio of cargo handled by our highly skilled stevedoring team. The team’s expertise ensured the cargo was successfully dispatched whilst working around some unpredictable weather. We look forward to seeing other new cargoes enter the Port throughout 2014.”