T-Ports vessel is SA bound

LAUNCH: T-Ports' Kieran Carvill at the launch of the vessel in China.

LAUNCH: T-Ports' Kieran Carvill at the launch of the vessel in China.

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.