The Port of Tyne recently recorded the largest ever cargo of wood pellets it has ever handled in a single shipment.
The MV Agnes bulk cargo vessel delivered a record 57,845 tonnes of wood pellets - destined for one of the UK’s largest energy producers Drax Power, in North Yorkshire.
Arriving from Virginia in the United States, at 225m long the MV Agnes is also the largest wood pellet vessel ever handled at the port.
Steven Harrison, chief operating officer Port of Tyne, said: “The port was the first to work in partnership with Drax in handling large volumes of wood pellet as it began to convert from coal derived electricity generation to renewable energy in 2010. “The significant investment in the Port’s infrastructure in recent years have enabled us to accommodate some of the world’s largest cargo ships and the MV Agnes represents a milestone in terms of our ability to handle such large cargoes on the Tyne.”