The ship docked at AV Dawson’s Teesside North Sea Supply Base Terminal last month and after loading 21,000 tonnes of cargo, set off for export markets in Europe.
The enormous ship, which has a gross tonnage of 21,213 tonnes, was fully loaded with its cargo within just six days of docking.
Gary Dawson, managing director of AV Dawson, said: “The work that we’ve done over the last three years to dredge the river and develop our quayside as part of a multi-million pound master plan is now enabling us to attract multinational blue chip customers to transport more raw materials and finished products through Teesside and out to global markets.
“The investment programme included a purpose-built £3.4m deepwater quay, providing us with greater capacity to support larger and more economical vessels, effectively opening up Teesside to more export opportunities.”
He added: “The arrival of this large bulk carrier is a significant opportunity for Teesside and for AV Dawson.
“The largest ship previously to dock on our quay was around 12,500 tonnes, Skala is almost double that and takes us into a league of shipping and logistics of a whole different scale.
“This is also great news for British exports and with the current buzz around the Northern Powerhouse it’s particularly exciting to be celebrating this success here on Teesside.”