26 July 2002

Terminal aids exports

GLEADELL Agriculture opened a new grain terminal at Immingham port last week, opening up greater opportunities for exports of cereals from the region.

An integral part of the terminal is a new mobile ship loader, which will allow quicker, more efficient loading of vessels, says the companys David Shepherd. This should translate into better prices for farmers, he adds. "The faster you load, the more efficient it is, and the more attractive the port is to ship owners."

The Stirling Series loader can tip grain from four lorries at once, at a rate of 1200t/hour. It is unique among deep water ports in the UK, and cost the company £1.25m.

"With the UKs potentially large wheat surplus this year we need to be exporting as fast as possible from day one," says Mr Shepherd.

The terminal will be fully operational from August. &#42