Transhipment involves using smaller feeder vessels to take product from a shallow water port to an ocean-going vessel, waiting in deeper water. It has been used in industries outside of agriculture for the past 20 years.
T-Ports uses a shallow draft feeder vessel designed for shallow harbours. This is a quad screw, stern landing vessel suitable for bulk commodities or containers.
This transhipment vessel operates when wind speeds are 25-28 knots or below and wave heights up to 2-2.5 metres. Dust and transportable moisture limits are closely managed to avoid any problems.
Sea Transport is the designer of the transhipment vessel and has extensive experience in building similar ships. The transhipment vessel to be used at Lucky Bay was launched on May 4 2018 and has been transferred to the yard of CCCC in Shanghai where it is having its material handling systems installed. She is due in South Australian waters before harvest. At Lucky Bay, the transhipment vessel will load five nautical miles from the port. The transhipment vessel has a nameplate capacity of up to 13,800 tonnes per day.