The first ship to call at Solent Stevedores new PFA (pulverised fuel ash) terminal discharged her cargo on 23rd September 2016.
MV Ireland, an LNG-powered cement carrier, delivered over 2,200-tonnes of PFA into the new terminal. The ship is equipped with a fully automated pneumatic loading and unloading system which is based on the fluidisation of cementitious products through the use of compressed air.
The arrival of the MV Ireland follows the completion of a 6-month engineering project, undertaken by Peterborough-based Silo Services Ltd, to convert an existing quayside bulk store into a fully dust-free PFA terminal. This conversion has involved the complete sealing of the warehouse, the fitting of pipework to convey product from the ships, the installation of dust extraction filters, and the addition of automated intake and loading systems.
Solent Stevedores has taken a long-term lease on the building from Associated British Ports to support the trading activities of importer Cemineral Ltd. Cemineral is importing PFA from a number of European sources for use in the construction sector where PFA is used as a raw material by concrete manufacturers.
Richard Jennings, Director of Solent Stevedores commented;
"This is an important new development for Solent Stevedores at the Port of Immingham and in our wider relationship with Associated British Ports. We have made a long-term commitment to the port which sees us to strengthening our business position on the Humber and enables us to further expand and develop our workforce. This new terminal is a key component in our strategy of working closely with customers to provide tailored port solutions that supports their business growth".