Categories: Forth Ports, London, News, TilburyPublished On: 05.07.2018734 words3.7 min read

Port of Tilbury welcomes unique floating bulk terminal to new base on the Thames

Vesper arrival June 2018 CEminerals

Eureka Shipping, part of SMT Shipping and the CSL Group, has based its multipurpose floating bulk terminal VESPER at The Port of Tilbury under a four year agreement with London Container Terminal and Cemineral.

The 125m long VESPER (see images) has a storage capacity of 10,000-tonnes across its four holds. The floating terminal is equipped to receive bulk powder from both self-discharging pneumatic cement carriers and from bulk vessels in a dust-free manner, store the material and then load directly to powder tanker trucks for delivery to customers.

Commenting on the agreement, Kai Grotterud, CEO of Eureka Shipping,said: “We in Eureka are confident that the VESPER will become an important addition to our fleet. The barge has advanced equipment and is rather unique. The cooperation with Cemineral and The Port of Tilbury to make the project become a reality has been excellent and we are looking forward to starting up the operation.”

Welcoming the VESPER into Tilbury, Peter Ward, Commercial Director at the Port of Tilbury,said: “This is an important long term agreement with Eureka Shipping and it’s great to welcome the VESPER bulk terminal to our port. We are experts in handling bulk materials and coupled with our strategic location this makes us a natural point for distribution. Serving the whole UK market, we have excellent transport links to and from London and across the South East where over 50% of the population live and work.”

During the early part of 2018 the VESPER has undergone a complete upgrade at the NAUTA shipyard in Gdynia, Poland.  The vessel’s cargo handling system is only 10 years old, however all its equipment and machinery has undergone a complete overhaul since the barge was purchased. Various modifications and installations have also been carried out.

Cemineral is an established importer of fly ash into the UK via its first import terminal in Immingham.  With the opening of this new terminal in Tilbury, Cemineral will be able to supply fly ash to the construction market in the south east of the UK.  Fly Ash is used in the production of concrete and Cemineral supplies two types of this material for use in the pre-cast and high performance (e.g. tunnels and multi-storey) markets.


About The Port of Tilbury / Forth Ports Limited: Forth Ports Limited owns and operates Tilbury, alongside seven other commercial ports on the Firth of Forth and the Firth of Tay: Grangemouth, Dundee, Leith, Rosyth, Methil, Burntisland and Kirkcaldy.The Port of Tilbury is London’s major port handling paper and forest products, short and deep sea containers and ro-ro, grain and bulk commodities, construction and building materials, cruise vessels and recyclables over a 1,100 acre site.

Tilbury is the number one UK port for forestry products, paper, grain, recyclables and warehousing space. The Port of Tilbury has submitted an application for a development consent order (DCO) to the Planning Inspectorate to build a new terminal adjacent to the current port in Thurrock. The proposed new port, known as Tilbury2, will be built on a 152-acre site which was part of the former Tilbury Power Station. Expansion is needed to cope with rising demand for construction materials and aggregates from the UK’s building sector, imported and exported cars, as well as an increase in ferry traffic, which carries consumer goods, perishables (food and drink) and steel between Europe and the UK.

It is envisaged that Tilbury2 will be operational in Q1 2020 and will act as a satellite of the main port. It will comprise a:

  • roll on/roll off ferry terminal for importing and exporting containers and trailers
  • facility for importing, processing, manufacturing and distributing construction materials
  • storage area for a variety of goods, including exported and imported cars
  • new national strategic rail and road connection into the site.

About Eureka Shipping: Eureka Shipping Ltd operates a fleet on self-unloading cement carries in the Baltic Sea, the Atlantic Ocean, the Mediterranean Sea, the Caribbean and Asia.  Eureka is owned jointly by SMT Shipping Group of Cyprus and The CSL Group of Canada.

About Cemineral: Cemineral Ltd is an accredited supplier of EN450 Fly Ash to the UK market that it imports via a deep water terminal in the Port of Immingham.  The company also supplies specialist cement via its terminal in the Port of Goole.

Source:    @forthports