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 water in time for 2018 harvest exports.
“The vessel has a nameplate capacity of 10,800 to 13,250 tonnes per day,” Mr Carvill said.
“The use of a transhipment vessel means eliminating the need for major jetty structures and other port infrastructure, which is a lower-cost model.
“We’re excited to see the vessel launched and look forward to welcoming her into South Australian waters.”
Meanwhile in Australia, T-Ports management have been meeting with key industry stakeholders as work progresses on the Lucky Bay terminal site design.