DanzigergrachtThe longest-ever ship to enter the Associated British Ports’ (ABP) port of Ipswich arrived on July 28 with a consignment of rice for S&B Herba Foods Ltd. The 156.9m long “Danzigergracht”, 18,143dwt, is owned by Spliethoff’s Bevrachtingskantoor BV, of the Netherlands, and arrived from New Orleans.

The cargo was successfully discharged to The Grain Terminal (Ipswich) Ltd for storage and onward distribution to S&B Herba Foods. Alastair MacFarlane, ABP’s port manager for East Anglia, said: “Ipswich is ideally placed close to the agricultural heartland of the UK. Accommodating ships of this size ensures that Ipswich will maintain its position as the UK’s leading port for grain exports.”

Robert Holben, the joint managing director of S&B Herba Foods, said: “We began importing rice through Ipswich in October, 2007. Since then the port has successfully discharged a number of vessels, culminating in the “Danzigergracht”.”

Spliethoff’s ships are no strangers to Ipswich, bringing regular shipments of New Zealand onions to the port, which are imported to the UK to cover for seasonal shortages in British supermarkets

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