Dr Paul Richards, member of the King’s Lynn Conservancy Board responsible for the navigation and pilotage of the port, takes a look at activity over the last few months. His column appears every two months in Your Local Paper. Pictured is the Fluvius Otter with the tug.

In October and November 38 cargo ships arrived and 39 departed our Wash port, with 21 and 14 in ballast respectively.

This continues an upward trend in trade in the last few months.

Timber imports remain buoyant with nine vessels unloading cargoes.

Of the seven part cargos shipped to Lynn in this period, four came from Seaham in the North East.

SMN Explorer arrived with a full cargo from Varberg in Sweden and the Roseburg another such from Ventspils in Latvia on what are regular runs.

Three loads of maize (for animal feed) were carried to Lynn by vessels from the French Atlantic harbours of Bordeaux and La Pallice which is the port of La Rochelle.

The single cargo from the latter haven included some soya.

Vermiculite is a mineral used as an insulation material and the Wilson Mosel and the Wilson Aviles each discharged a cargo from Rotterdam.

From Vierow on the German Baltic the Fri Sea imported a full cargo of wheat and, from Randers in Denmark, the Milady landed aggregate for the building industry.

Another sole cargo was fertiliser carried by the Nautica from Klaipeda in Lithuania on the Baltic.

A good harvest in 2019 had boosted grain exports and six ships departed Lynn with barley and another six vessels with wheat.

The Tinno and Birgit G carried barley to Rotterdam and the Ayr another full cargo to Dordrecht in the Netherlands.

All three ships sailing with barley in November landed their cargoes at Eemshaven which is a deep water port in the North Netherlands.

Rotterdam is Europe’s biggest port and the destination of four ships exporting wheat from Lynn.

Two vessels carried wheat to northern Spain.

After discharging its cargo of maize from Bordeaux, the Beaumont transported a full cargo to Villa Garcia and the Fluvius Otter the same to Santander.

A rare cargo of oats was shipped from Lynn to Rotterdam by the Heinz G.

A load of rapeseed was carried to Karlshamn in Sweden by the Rig.

The Kuper had arrived in the Wash from Tilbury in ballast before sailing with malt to Hamburg which Hanseatic city was once known as “the brewery” of the Hanse.

Beans from English farmlands were shipped by the Jutland and the Svealand to Aahus in Denmark.

A third full cargo was transported to Rotterdam by the Nautica which had imported fertiliser from Lithuania.

Sugar beet pulp pellets (SBPP) were shipped from the Wash to Rotterdam by the Lady Clara and the Fluvius Pym whilst the Cemi carried the same cargo to Waterford in Ireland.

The mini mountain of scrap metal beside the Bentinck dock was diminished by three ships transporting loads to Rotterdam, Amsterdam and Antwerp all in the Low Countries.

Usually timber ships sailing to English ports discharge the final part cargo at Lynn but the Swe-Freighter from the Baltic called at Lynn first before departing for Shoreham to unload the remainder.

Associated British Ports (ABP) has been undertaking work to install new inner lock gates which has resulted in the closure of the two enclosed docks.

The new lock gates are being carried by barge from Rotterdam.

Ships are still able to berth at the Riverside Quay.

During the work on the lock gates the King’s Lynn Conservancy Board (KLCB) has been using the South Quay to moor its tug and pilot boats when off duty.

The “Stories of the Sea” competition for school students sponsored by ABP with True’s Yard has come to an end. Winners will receive their prizes in January.