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St Dimitrios unloads largest bulk record at Port of Tyne

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In total 62 000 t of wood pellets will be unloaded over a five day operation, which is destined for Drax power plant in North Yorkshire, UK.

The 229 m long vessel has sailed almost 8,846 nautical miles over 44 days from Vancouver, Canada, with its cargo of wood pellets which is now replacing coal as a fuel in certain power plants to provide electricity for the National Grid.

Steven Harrison, Port of Tyne Chief Operating Officer, said: "The Port of Tyne has been pioneering handling of this type of cargo since 2010 – our skilled operation enables a cargo of this size to be discharged in only 5 days and stored in a purposely designed on-site storage facility.”

He added: "Our rail terminal then takes the pellets directly to the power station eliminating road miles and increasing efficiency."

Since 2010 the Port of Tyne has handled almost 7 million t of environmentally sustainable wood pellets.

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