A NEW generation of larger and more efficient woodchip vessels have started to load at the Port of Portland.
The Kalimantan Express, on its maiden voyage, is expected to depart the port tomorrow after loading 60,000 tonnes of woodchips from Australian Bluegum Plantations.
The woodchips are destined for the Asia Pacific Resources International Ltd (APRIL) pulp mill in China.
The 215 metre long vessel, with a deadweight of 7040 tonnes, has the capacity to carry 60,000 tonnes of woodchips compared to the 44,000 tonnes carried by usual woodchip carriers.
It has a crew of 22 people.
ABP Green Triangle regional manager Mark Diedrichs was elated with the arrival of the Kalimantan Express.
Read more in Wednesday’s Portland Observer.