PortandTerminal.com, July 4, 2020
Huge explosion rips the roof off grain terminal at Tilbury Docks in Essex, England
LONDON – The roof of a grain terminal has been partially destroyed in a “massive explosion” at Tilbury Port in Essex, the largest terminal for the import and export of grain in Britain. The incident occurred on July 3rd at around 9:30 am local time.
A witness described hearing the “horrendous” noise “like a bomb going off”, while another said “flames shot up about 75m (250 feet) above the silos”.
A Port of Tilbury spokeswoman confirmed a “major incident” had taken place and the ambulance service said one person had been treated for smoke inhalation.
“About six of the silos exploded, the tops are all gone.”
‘The cause of the explosion will now be the subject of a detailed investigation by the relevant authorities and it will be some time until the results of that investigation are known.’
The site, which was built in 1969 at a cost of $67 million in today’s money, is Britain’s largest terminal for the import and export of grain, and the Port of Tilbury marked its 50th anniversary last September.
The terminal handles two million tonnes of grain, wheat, barley and beans every year. It has more than 200 silos and last year completed a storage expansion, with the new flat store increasing the capacity by an extra 16,000 tonnes of both import and export wheat.
The site is located five miles along the River Thames from the Waterglade Industrial Park in Grays, where 39 Vietnamese migrants were found dead in the back of a truck last October.
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