Fill­ing up on fer­til­izer

Large ves­sel ar­rives in Char­lot­te­town on Christ­mas Day full of soil en­hanc­ing prod­uct for farm­ers

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - BUSINESS - THE GUARDIAN

The large ves­sel docked in Char­lot­te­town th­ese past few days is here to make the Is­land soil bet­ter.

The Tiber­borg (the name Wa­gen­borg is also dis­played on the ship) sailed into Port Char­lot­te­town on Christ­mas Day from New Or­leans.

It's car­ry­ing about 20,000 met­ric tonnes of fer­til­izer, half DAP (di­ammo­nium phos­phate) and the rest MAP (monoam­mo­nium phos­phate) for Cavendish Agri Ser­vices Ltd.

"They mix it and make fer­til­izer for the farm­ers,'' said Les Par­sons, chair­man of the Char­lot­te­town Har­bour Author­ity, adding that once it fin­ishes un­load­ing in Char­lot­te­town it will be sail­ing up to Summerside.

The crew was sup­posed to start of­fload­ing on Sun­day but couldn't due to the wet weather. Fer­til­izer tends to cake when it gets wet.

"They wait for breaks in the weather. It's sen­si­tive in the sense that it's sen­si­tive to mois­ture.''

The fact the ship is fly­ing Dutch flags had a few res­i­dents won­der­ing what the ship's busi­ness was in Char­lot­te­town. Peo­ple are used to see­ing lots of cruise ships and the petroleum tankers.

Par­sons said it isn't un­usual to see large ves­sels docked at this time of year in the P.E.I. cap­i­tal port. But there haven't been many ships loaded with fer­til­izer sail in.

"Fer­til­izer usu­ally comes in this time of year. In my nine years (with the har­bour author­ity) there have prob­a­bly been three or four fer­til­izer ships in to­tal. This is the sec­ond fer­til­izer ship that we've had (this year).''

Ac­cord­ing to the har­bour author­ity, the large de­liv­ery of prod­uct will save about 1.2 mil­lion kilo­me­tres of truck­ing and all the emis­sions from those rigs.

JIM DAY/THE GUARDIAN

It's odd to see a large ves­sel docked in Char­lot­te­town, other than a petroleum tanker, at this time of year. The Tiper­borg ar­rived on Christ­mas Day car­ry­ing about 20,000 met­ric tonnes of fer­til­izer.

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