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Grain vessel finally set to leave Great Yarmouth after gales delay departure

PUBLISHED: 10:57 19 January 2018 | UPDATED: 11:15 19 January 2018

The Lord Nelson ship being loaded with 25,000 tonnes of grain in Yarmouth's outer harbour. Picture: Nick Butcher

The Lord Nelson ship being loaded with 25,000 tonnes of grain in Yarmouth's outer harbour. Picture: Nick Butcher

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A grain vessel named after Norfolk’s most famous seafarer is due to set sail from the county tomorrow after severe gales forced a prolonged stay in port.

The Lord Nelson ship being loaded with 25,000 tonnes of grain in Yarmouth's outer harbour. Picture: Nick Butcher The Lord Nelson ship being loaded with 25,000 tonnes of grain in Yarmouth's outer harbour. Picture: Nick Butcher

The aptly-named MV Lord Nelson, which sails under a Panamanian flag, was loaded at Great Yarmouth with almost 900 truck-loads of East Anglian feed barley weighing a total of 25,000 tonnes, which was destined for the Spanish Mediterranean port of Cartagena.

After the gales of Wednesday evening and Thursday morning delayed her departure, she is now expected to depart in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Gleadell Agriculture, which operates the grain terminal at Great Yarmouth’s outer harbour, said the deep water facility gave the region’s farmers the ability to satisfy demand in far-flung export markets.

A spokesman said: “This season the UK maintained a similar planted area of barley, but inclement weather during harvest, which impacted badly on malting quality, has resulted in an increased availability of feed barley, and the UK has therefore maintained a reasonably competitive position in the European export market.”

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