Watch: Massive Tanker Capable Of Carrying Titanic In Its Hold Docks At Sunderland Port
A massive tanker vessel that could carry the Titanic in its hold has reportedly docked at the Port of Sunderland.
Measuring 183 meters in length, the Torm Australia needed three tug boats to guide the ship out and into the port and is one of the biggest fertilizer vessels to visit shores.
Flying the Danish flag and at a capacity of 49,999 tons, the vessel has brought nitrogen fertilizers to the UK from the Americas, lowering the country’s reliance on fertilizers, especially those sourced from conventional near-continental and domestic suppliers that are in short supply.
Fertilizers assist farmers in being more productive and cost-effective. The fertilizers will be stored at Brineflow’s new deep-water and purpose-built fertilizer terminal before being processed and then delivered directly to farms all through the country.
Not only does the new terminal allow the UK continued access to all global supplies of fertilizers, but it’s also fast becoming a critical piece of national infrastructure, with adequate capacity to satisfy peak demands in the spring to replace domestic sources of fertilizer products that have reportedly been curtailed.
Bringing fertilizers from the world’s lowest-cost producers is expected to bear down on the costs of living as the new terminal was engineered to lower fertilizers’ total nitrous and carbon emissions by one-fifth compared to traditional fertilizers.
The Torm Australia will be the first of several giant tankers to be docking at the port after signing a joint venture between Brineflow and Hamburg-headquartered agricultural major HELM AG in November 2023.
HELM AG is a major producer of fertilizers with extensive liquid nitrogen [UAN] manufacturing capacities in Trinidad, indicating that it can also ship big vessels to the British market from an unconstrained area by European gas limitations.
References: Chronicle Live, Sunderland Echo