A burgeoning North East port has welcomed a large Singaporean vessel to its river berth as part of a steel delivery process.
The Lake Triview sailed into the Port of Sunderland just before Christmas, becoming the second largest vessel to enter the port in recent months following the delivery of MV Ocean Bloom in October.
The 177m-long vessel, with a 28m beam, entered Corporation Quay’s deep water river berth and was set to discharge thousands of tonnes of steel over several days.
Matthew Hunt, director at Port of Sunderland, said: “Previously, Port of Sunderland’s cranage facility did not have the length of reach across this size of vessels’ beam to discharge the far side of a ship’s hold but our recently purchased Liebherr heavy lift crane has allowed us to discharge such vessels through its extended reach.
“As one of the largest vessels to enter the port in a number of months, the Lake Triview was an extraordinary sight on the Wear waters and it is a pleasure to be able to accommodate their discharge needs.”
Coun Paul Watson, leader of Sunderland City Council and chairman of the port board, added: “With its deep-water quayside, as well as the purchase of a heavy lift crane, Port of Sunderland is well suited to meet the current demands of the North Sea oil and gas industry sectors and Lake Triview’s presence at the port reaffirms this standard.”