If you have visited the Waterfront on any given week, there’s a good chance you will at some point have seen a large red and green vessel docked in Orwell Quay; offloading its timber to Anglo Norden.
The M.V. Suntis is the vessel that is used to bring Anglo Norden their goods: this vessel has now brought more than one million m3 of timber into Ipswich. In order for this vessel to make its journey, there is a significant amount of planning put in place, utilising information from many sources; including from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The vessel can only enter the port on high tide, so this limits the time for Anglo Norden as it cannot be locked in or out of the port. The water level needs to be the same inside the dock as outside, otherwise the vessel cannot dock. When the water level for the boat is correct, the lock master will then open the gates for the vessel to enter the port and complete its journey.
M.V. Suntis can make up to three trips in a month, providing they do not pick up a return cargo from the Baltics. When it does arrive into the docks, generally first thing in the morning, discharge happens quickly. Normally it takes Anglo Norden two cranes and 14 people to offload the cargo: this process is done with extreme care and limited noise, the business is always careful of its proximity to the local residents. If – for some reason – they cannot offload their cargo in one day, this will then roll into a second day with less people. Anglo Norden do their very best to discharge efficiently, quietly and with the least amount of disruption to local residents.
As the vessel arrives into the docks, you will notice it being helped in by a river pilot: highly experienced ship handlers, possessing detailed knowledge of the waterway; whether this is weather conditions, tide, depth of water or other mitigating factors. A river pilot is utilised to help guide the vessel into the dock, as well as to ensure the safety of the boat and others around it.
Once the cargo is transported into the warehouse it will then be stored there until it is sold. When sold the cargo is then distributed around the UK using a network of haulages.