Coastal Bulk Shipping has the signed a long-term partnership with New Zealand’s Malteurop to transport a major portion of the latter’s yearly barley harvest by sea using the general cargo ship Anatoki between the ports of Timaru and Whanganui.
Malteurop is New Zealand’s largest malting company. Malteurop’s New Zealand operations manager Glen Simmonds said that the decision to formalise the arrangement with Coastal Bulk Shipping had grown from effects felt following the Kaikoura earthquake which had highlighted the need to spread its transport options to ensure long term resilience.
“Coastal Bulk Shipping has been able to show the reduced carbon footprint of moving our cargo by sea. They are also working with transport company Philip Wareing from Methven who, with the confidence of the partnership, have built grain silos in Washdyke near the Timaru Port. This allows the grain to be moved to suit trucking loads, minimising empty running. The overall result is a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions for the movement of our product,” Simmonds said.