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SPG's Yantai Port breaks world record in iron ore unloading

|chinadaily.com.cn |Updated: September 23, 2020


Yantai Port of Shandong Port Group  [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn] 

Recently, Shandong Port Group's Yantai Port – in the coastal city of Yantai in East China's Shandong province – welcomed the arrival on her maiden voyage of the ore carrier Ore Yantai with a carrying capacity of 325,000 tons, which set a world record, SPG officials announced.

They said it set a new world record in unloading efficiency after unloading an average of 12,779 tons of iron ore per hour from a single ship, breaking the previous record set on Aug 20.

A total of 306,603 tons of iron ore were unloaded within 25 hours, between 2 am on Sept 17 and 3 am on Sept 18.

The first of six 325,000 DWT (deadweight tons) ore vessels especially designed for Brazilian mining company Vale S.A., it has been deployed on the iron ore transport route between Brazil and China.

Officials said the arrival of the ship at Yantai Port demonstrated the strong partnership and cooperation between the Brazilian group and the port. They said it also showcased Yantai Port's success in integrating into the full-fledged development of industry supply chains with low costs and high efficiency, in a bid to play a bigger role in supplying raw materials to the Chinese steel industry.

In recent years, Yantai Port has focused on building itself up as a fast-growing facility, employing advanced port-related software and cutting-edge hardware. SPG officials said more efforts were made to further improve port services and to build a first-class brand in ore handling.

In 2015, it launched the blending business Brazilian Blended Fines with Vale, one of the world's top three iron ore miners. In 2018, the bonded transfer business for BRBF kicked off, shipping bonded BRBF product from Yantai to countries such as Japan and South Korea.

SPG officials said that by providing quality and efficient handling services and top-rate ore mixing products, Yantai Port has attracted praise from Vale and steel factories in Japan and South Korea.

Benefiting from the integration reforms at SPG, Yantai Port was officially approved to berth 400,000 DWT vessels nearly two months ago, marking the point where it will move into handling mega dry and bulk vessels. 

Officials added that with the support of a favorable natural waterway, top handling efficiency, as well as well-known blending business, Yantai Port will continue to contribute to SPG’s efforts in developing world-class sea ports.


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