New coastal barge service launched on Thames

Photo: Forth Ports/Krispen Atkinson

The Port of Tilbury and grain processing company ADM Erith have successfully launched a twice-daily coastal barge operation to deliver thousands of tonnes of oil seed rape from the port’s grain terminal along the River Thames to ADM Erith’s processing facility.

The coastal vessel Polla Rose takes the cargo from Tilbury twice a day, Monday to Friday with each trip moving 500 tonnes of oil rape seed at a time.

Each round trip is managed by HCH Marine and takes around seven hours. The Port of Tilbury claims that each day, this operation removes 36 truck journeys from the already congested roads.

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