Departure of Federal Cedar ship from Great Yarmouth delayed due to rain
PUBLISHED: 12:43 08 August 2017 | UPDATED: 12:43 08 August 2017
The departure of massive ship from Great Yarmouth carrying 10pc of Britain’s barley export is delayed because of the rain.
The first major grain export of the season is being loaded at Great Yarmouth port.
The Federal Cedar, which is as long as two football pitches, was due to depart from the Outer Harbour on Tuesday to take tonnes of new-crop feed barley to Spain, where dry weather has affected crops and generated demand for imported grain.
MORE: Barley is heading to Spain in first major export shipment of the harvest
The load is estimated to be the equivalent of 900 truck loads from farm businesses across Norfolk, Suffolk and beyond – accounting for more than 10pc of the tonnage expected to leave UK shores during the harvest period.
Paul Dowson, a trader at Gleadell Agriculture, which operates the grain terminal at Great Yarmouth’s outer harbour, said the bad weather has delayed loading the barley grain on to the ship, as you cannot do it in the rain.
He said he expected to ship to depart now on Wednesday.