Video: Largest cargo ship ever loaded at Great Yarmouth Outer Harbour arrives in port

The Fraga ship is loaded with barley to be expoted to Libya at Yarmouth's outer harbour.

The largest cargo vessel ever loaded from an East Anglian port has moored at Great Yarmouth's Outer Harbour.

The Fraga ship is loaded with barley to be expoted to Libya at Yarmouth's outer harbour. Trevor Gates (left) from Gleadell and Jamie Frater (CEO of East Port)

The largest cargo vessel ever loaded from an East Anglian port has moored at Great Yarmouth's Outer Harbour.

The mv Fraga, a 176-metre long Japanese-built ship with a crew of 23, is expected to be at the deep water port for at least five days while it is loaded with 27,000-tonnes of feed barley destined for Libya.

It arrived just after 9pm last night and, weather permitting, is likely to stay until Monday before setting off on the ten-day journey to Misrata.

Trevor Gates, of the Swaffham office of agricultural merchants Gleadells, said around 250 trucks a day are bringing barley to the vessel, with loads coming from farms not only in Norfolk and Suffolk but Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Bedfordshire, and Northamptonshire.


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'The opportunity this has given East Anglian farmers is great,' said Mr Gates.

'It's far reaching for the farming community and the other important aspect is the business it brings for the haulage companies.'

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The visit of the Fraga - and the extra traffic is has brought in, comes as the dualling of the A47 to Yarmouth remains a hot topic.

During a visit to the coast on Monday, transport minister Stephen Hammond said locals had a 'right to be cynical' after years of talk, but it was different this time.

'The A47 project group has got together, it's across counties, has the support of seven or eight MPs and has been a really powerful statement,' he said.

Mr Gates admitted the easily clogged road around Yarmouth would continue to be a source of frustration - particular with more large ships beginning to load at the port, but he felt 'some hope' there would be change this time.

Jamie Frater, chief executive officer of Outer Harbour operator Eastport UK, said it was significant to see such a vast vessel - with a deadweight of 28,678t, loading in Yarmouth, and also hoped more would follow suit.

The port has recently installed new red-and-white and green-and-white visibility towers and reduced the size of the harbour mouth to improve conditions during inclement weather.

'We've never had to refuse a ship entering or leaving which is incredibly important,' said Mr Frater.

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