Impala Terminals, the global terminals operator that provides port, warehousing and multi-modal logistics services for the movement of essential commodities, announced the completion of the first export shipment from the refurbished and expanded Impala Terminals Burnside in Ascension Parish, LA.
On July 5, 2014, the M/V UBC SAIKI arrived and was loaded with approximately 30,000 metric tons of petroleum coke for Transenergy Inc. a wholly owned subsidiary of CEMEX (NYSE: CX). The vessel was loaded via a new travelling ship loader which was installed as part of Impala’s extensive investment in the terminal. Loading was completed in less than 24 hours and the vessel departed for international markets.
“This announcement marks a significant milestone for Impala Terminals Burnside,” said terminal manager Allen Walker. “While we began accepting in-bound shipments of coal, bauxite and other bulk commodities earlier this year, the terminal is now truly open for business as we enter into full operation. This first export shipment is a testament to the hard work of our team-oriented employees and outstanding staff. I’m thrilled to pass this important benchmark alongside them and am confident in Burnside’s future as a world class bulk terminal offering competitive logistics solutions on the Lower Mississippi River.”
Impala acquired the former Burnside Terminal in 2011 and has invested more than $300 million to create a state-of-the-art facility with a focus on quality, efficiency and reliability. The terminal was originally constructed in 1956, but had been closed since 2008. Impala’s investment into the refurbishment and expansion of the former Burnside Terminal includes a continuous barge unloader, ship loader and one of the largest and highest-performing floating cranes on the Lower Mississippi River. The terminal has a continuous barge unloader with capacity of 5,000MT per hour, over 600,000 MT of contiguous storage space and an 8,000 MT per hour load rate to vessel.
Impala plans to incorporate the latest rail unloading features into the terminal’s existing infrastructure. Beginning in 2015, the facility will be the only terminal on the waterway with both rail-to-vessel and barge-to-vessel capabilities.
Impala Terminals Burnside LLC is operated and managed by Impala Terminals Group, which is a subsidiary of Trafigura Beheer B.V. Impala Terminals owns and operates a network of over 50 terminals in more than 30 countries that facilitate global trade flows of essential commodities. The company specializes in providing port, LME and non-LME warehouse facilities and multi-modal logistics services that give access to markets and new opportunities.