A ship with 27,500,000 kilograms of feedstuffs arrived early July 2017 at the Port of Fredericia in Denmark. Even though the Port of Fredericia often receives large ships, it is always a fine sight when a ship 190 metres long and 32 metres wide docks in the harbour. With a central location, 15 metres of water depth and a large crane capacity, the Port of Fredericia has the right preconditions to handle very large ships.

Its optimal location makes the Port of Fredericia a link between Denmark and the rest of the world. In the hub, where the harbour meets the motorway and railway, ADP handles containers, mixed cargo, project loads and dry bulk from the whole world.

“We are experienced in handling the big ships with both corn and feedstuff at the Port of Fredericia. We have the facilities in the form of warehouses, hinterland areas, manpower and not least optimal logistical conditions so that the goods can be quickly transported on to their next destination,” says Ole Haugsted Jørgensen, Strategic Sales Manager at ADP A/S.


Working with shipping companies, ADP regularly handles cargo transfers or ‘ship-to-ship’ operations, which means part of the load from a large ship being directly transferred by crane to a smaller ship.

A ship-to-ship operation can be demanding, since the arm of the crane has to reach from the edge of the quay and lift the goods from one ship to the other. But at the Port of Fredericia, there is the necessary crane capacity to handle major transshipments. In the specific case of a ship 32 metres wide, the crane needs to reach 40 metres out from the quay,” says Johnny Nielsen, Head of Department at Fredericia Shipping.

The ship arrived from Uruguay with 27,500,000 kilograms of feedstuffs and was emptied in four days, using two cranes from early morning until the early evening.

“Our crane operators have many years’ experience in the effective handling of goods from big ships, and that is precisely one of our sales arguments that customers appreciate,” says Ole Haugsted Jørgensen.

From the cargo total, 2,500,000 kilograms of feedstuff were directly

transferred to a smaller ship, which then sailed to Nørresundby. The remaining 25,000,000 kilograms were distributed onto 750 trucks, which then transported the feedstuffs further to production companies or for storage elsewhere, according to Nielsen