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Kirkcaldy breaks the 100,000-tonne barrier

[ June 14, 2013   //   ]

The Nordica Hav’s arrival in early June at Kirkcaldy Harbour with her shipment of 2,000 tonnes of high quality grain officially broke the 100,000 tonne barrier of wheat discharged at the port since its reopening to commercial shipping in 2011.

This milestone has been achieved ahead of schedule and ensures that the Kirkcaldy-based miller, Carr’s Flour, Scotland has had consistent delivery of quality wheat even in the difficult harvest conditions last summer. Kirkcaldy Harbour was officially re-opened to commercial ships in 2011 after a 20 year gap and ships now call regularly to provide the miller of Scotland’s leading flour brands, Carr’s Flour, Scotland with quality wheat from around the UK and Europe. Reopening of the port, has significantly reduced truck movements in Kirkcaldy, taking over 7,200 journeys off the UK’s roads so far. It has even generated significant interest in the “Lang Toun”, as many locals enjoy seeing the regular ships manoeuvring in the harbour once again.

Carr’s Flour, Scotland invested in new intake equipment and storage silos at the harbour for the reopening, and another large project to build a new flour mill adjacent to these is now under way.

Port Manager, Matt North, said: Coastal shipping also delivers a greener transport alternative, with shipments being over ten times more carbon efficient than using road.”

Carr’s Flour Mills wheat director, Julius Deane, added: “Shipping the wheat directly into the mill from the UK and Europe ensures that we don’t have an interruption of supply of the best bread wheats. The harvest last year was difficult but through coastal shipping, we can supply our customers with quality products throughout the year.”




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