The Port of Venice has recently unloaded 100,000 tonnes of soya bean seeds and soya bean meal for the Italian market. These were imported by Nidera, which is represented by freight forwarder Sagem.

This traffic represents a record for Terminal Rinfuse Italia (TRI), which belongs to the Euroports group. Consignments were brought in by twin vessels operated by Leopardo. The two bulk carriers were 238m long and had a gross tonnage of 97,000 tonnes.

The Van Gogh arrived from Brazil, conveying 8,000 tonnes of soya beans and 17,000 tonnes of soya bean meal. The Vermeer initially transshipped 10,000 tonnes of Brazilian soya beans as part of a lightning operation at Chioggia, before moving onto the terminal in Venice, where it offloaded a further 64,000 tonnes of soya beans from the same source.

According to TRI, deepening of the draught by the port authority and the partnership with the port of Chioggia made it possible for the two sister ships to commercially dock at the terminal.