In January, AEC time-chartered vessel MV Molat loaded Kaolin in bulk at Santarem in the Amazon River destined for Antwerp, Belgium.
The Kaolin is loaded in to the vessel’s holds via shore spouts.
Kaolin, a type of soft white clay rich in the mineral kaolinite, has various industrial uses including in the production of paint, rubber, cable insulation, and fertilizers. Kaolin is however most essential to the paper industry but is also used extensively in the ceramics industry primarily in the manufacturing of China, porcelain and refractories due to its natural heat resistant properties.
Jose Cavalieri – Operations