The date, 26 January, was a bittersweet day in Immingham. Finlandia Seaways had her last loading of refuse-derived fuel (RDF) destined for Fredrikstad and she definitely ended her run in great style. Due to efficient teamwork, an impressive 71 mafis, carrying 3106,315 tonnes of RDF, were loaded and this set the record for most tonnes on one vessel. What a way to go out. Finlandia is now being used as a sweeper vessel between Immingham and Vlaardingen.
Mike Hughes, Business Development Manager, says: “Finlandia was only in Immingham for four Saturdays but she certainly made an impact as she transported a total of 193 mafis carrying 7,098 bales of RDF, equal to 8,730 tonnes. That is a tremendous achievement and was warmly welcomed by our customer, Geminor, who demands growth week after week.
“The Christmas and New Year period meant limited time for the team on the ground to get cargo ready for the first sailing, but I can honestly say it did not cause any issues. The crew and stevedores excelled in providing whatever was needed by the customer. This performance is a testament to the experience and strength we have at DFDS and keeps us at the forefront when dealing with this growing export commodity.
“In February, RDF will be shipped by a replacement sideport vessel, but I have no doubt that this will prove to be another success.”
RDF bales transported on a mafi getting loaded on to Finlandia in Immingham