The 180m-long Korean-built Baltic Breeze gets ready to depart Bundaberg Port en route to Malaysia with 30,000 tonnes of raw sugar.
The 180m-long Korean-built Baltic Breeze gets ready to depart Bundaberg Port en route to Malaysia with 30,000 tonnes of raw sugar. Mike Knott

Massive carrier plies the Burnett

IT'S not too often 34,000 tonnes of shining newly painted steel enters the Burnett River.

But that was the case on Thursday when the 180m-long, 30m-wide carrier Baltic Breeze came to Bundaberg on its maiden journey.

Port of Bundaberg manager Jason Pascoe said it was rare to view such a newly built ship.

“This is the first one I have experienced – it may be one of only a handful in the history of the port,” he said.

“It's quite impressive to see the paintwork.

“They don't have to spend long at sea before they show wear from the elements.”

The Liberian vessel was built in Korea and is the widest-beamed ship to enter the area in more than two decades.

It carries 22 Chinese crew members and left yesterday for Malaysia with 20,000 tonnes of Bundaberg raw sugar and 10,000 tonnes of raw sugar from Cairns.



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