Salt Supply Updates

Get the latest news and information on our salt supplies right here, we will be sure to update this page whenever a new shipment is due to arrive. Check out our rock salt products here:

October 18th 2018:

Our next shipment of salt is currently on it's way to us from Egypt. Our latest order is due to arrive on the 5th of November and will ensure that we will have plenty of rock salt to go around for the winter months! 

September 20th 2016

Plans for the upcoming winter months are well under way at Online Rock Salt, with 20th September marking the day that a new ship, full to the brim with salt, arrives at Ellesmere Port.

How much salt was on board I hear you ask? The ship was carrying 7000 tonnes of white salt which has made its way over the Mediterranean from warmer climes (Egypt).

So what does this mean for our customers? It means that we are going to be well prepared for a cold snap and can meet our customer’s needs whatever the British weather has got in store for us. With import costs recently increasing due to the change in exchange rates, we do our very best to keep our salt prices as low as possible.

If you would like a quote on either rock or white salt click here, or for more information on bulk loads click here. Otherwise, you can always contact one of our friendly, knowledgeable staff here.

October 9th 2013

This year Online Rock Salt has imported its biggest ever shipment of white de-icing salt from Egypt. The George arrived in Ellesmere Port on Wednesday 16th October carrying over 12,000 tonnes of salt!

As the ship was so large they had to wait until high tide to bring it into the port. This fell at midnight on the Wednesday and when the George was brought down the Manchester Ship Canal its base was only 10 cm from the bottom of the canal.

As the ship was so large they had to wait until high tide to bring it into the port. This fell at midnight on the Wednesday and when the George was brought down the Manchester Ship Canal its base was only 10 cm from the bottom of the canal.

October 24th 2012

With temperatures set to plummet this weekend, the timing couldn’t be better for two new ship loads of white de-icing salt to arrive in the UK for Online Rock Salt. The ships will be bringing marine white salt into Glasgow’s King George V docks and Ellesmere Port for distribution around the country.

The Cosa and Fesco Shatrova sailed out of Alexandria, Egypt on October 11th and after 12 days of sailing will reach their destinations. Typically, each ship brings 8,000 to 12,000 tons of salt into the country. Once they have arrived the white salt will be offloaded and packed into bags by Online Rock Salt’s dedicated team, right there on the dockside. These bags of de-icing salt will then be sold to the general public and trade through Online Rock Salt’s specialised website.

The Cosa and Fesco Shatrova sailed out of Alexandria, Egypt on October 11th and after 12 days of sailing will reach their destinations. Typically, each ship brings 8,000 to 12,000 tons of salt into the country. Once they have arrived the white salt will be offloaded and packed into bags by Online Rock Salt’s dedicated team, right there on the dockside. These bags of de-icing salt will then be sold to the general public and trade through Online Rock Salt’s specialised website

December 2nd 2011

Online Rock Salt has announced its latest shipment of white de-icing salt into Ellesmere Port, continuing a successful year of de-icing salt imports to the UK and significantly increasing their salt stocks for the winter.

Sailing directly from Alexandria, Egypt to the Online Rock Salt dedicated bagging facility at Ellesmere Port, the ‘Flinter Atlantic’ arrived late in the night on 26th November carrying 12,000 tons of salt. The company has responded to the recent extreme winters by ensuring that its customer base is well supplied this year, holding more bagged salt than any previous winter. The new shipment of salt will create over a million bags of salt. If you were to lay these bags from end to end, they could fill a line from London to Glasgow! Unloading straight from the ship’s hold onto the quayside, a mountain of salt 80 metres long and 10 metres high ensued a busy day for all at the dock. At an unloading rate of 500 tonnes an hour, a good system needs to be in place! A power shovel was used to move the salt to the hoppers of the two onsite bagging machines.

November 14th 2011

Rock salt stocks remain in plentiful supply and after a busy October we are going into winter well stocked. Our new distribution point in Glasgow is proving popular and allowing for fast and competitive supply to all Scottish postcodes. This together with grit salt stores in Liverpool and Litchfield provide fast national coverage.

One further Egyptian shipment of white de-icing salt is due to arrive at Ellesmere Port on Wednesday 16th November and this secures stocks into the new year. Weather forecasts are suggesting we will have some frosts during the first half of December.

September 2nd 2011

Our latest shipment has arrived today from Egypt of white marine salt. We are packing this into 10kg bags along with large packs and bulk bags ready for the winter.

Many customers are already planning ahead for the cold winter months, taking delivery of salt early and maximising cost savings by buying before demand increases.

If you would like to talk to us about buying salt early please get in touch we would be happy to hear from you.

January 28th 2011

This week we have had a further shipment of salt into ourselves and the bagging operation is going well. If any more bad weather comes we will have plenty of bagged salt in stock ready for immediate dispatch. We recommend ordering early keeping some salt in stock just in case we have another cold snap.

It’s hard to believe with the winter we have had but it is still only January!

January 4th 2011

The latest shipment of Egyptian salt has arrived and we are working hard to bag it as quickly as possible. Additionally we now also have brown rock salt in stock too. 

We offer full, half or quarter pallets of de-icing salt in bags of 25kg, for users who would like to order loose loads, please get in touch before hand.

Any questions?  If so, please do not hesitate to give us a call on 01695 425 038 during normal office hours. Order your rock salt online now. Click here to see our rock salt products. Order now and qualify for free next day delivery throughout mainland UK.

December 6th 2010

Another large shipment of white salt is due to arrive shortly on the 8th of December and another further large shipment is also due on the 20th. Everyone at Online Rock Salt is working hard to ensure that we are able to keep up with the incredibly high demand despite the early cold snap this year. 

This new order of salt comes at an ideal time as our new robotic bagging line has just been installed to help us keep up with demand! learn more and see our video from behind the scenes here:

If you are interested in buying large quantities of white or rock salt, click here to view our salt products page or if you prefer, give our friendly staff a call during office hours on 01695 425 038. We also now offer grit bins, which is an ideal method for storing and monitoring your salt stock levels, so you never get caught empty handed if a cold snap arrives.

November 25th 2010

We are pleased to announce that another large shipment of white salt has just arrived all the way from Egypt (25th November) and a further shipment is due to arrive from Eastern Europe in the next couple of weeks to increase our rock salt stock even further for the winter ahead. We will post further updates as the next shipment of salt nears.

If you are interested in buying large bulk quantities of rock salt, view our products here or feel free to give us a call on 01695 425 038.

Please note that all orders arrive on palletized bags of 25kg, if you need your order of rock salt to be delivered loose, please let us know before hand to arrange a bulk bag delivery.

October 8th 2010

Our second shipment of white salt should be with us later on today. It would have been with us yesterday but the ship suffered technical problems (fuel and water do not mix well!).

If you are interested in buying large quantities of white salt, please call Ian Mercer on 01695 425 038.

Sep 28th 2010

After a phenomenally successful week we have sold or committed to sell all of the salt brought in from Egypt. The demand for salt this year is staggering so we’ve taken the plunge and a second shipment is on its way, this time from Sardinia.

The ship MV Rheinfels left yesterday and is due in to Ellesmere Port early next month.

Online Rock Salt strongly recommends that you order early to beat the winter rush and guarantee supplies.

September 20th 2010

After an anxious couple of weeks watching the marine traffic website, our first shipment of white salt has arrived in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire. This is the first load of salt we have actually imported directly into the country ourselves and it has been a bit of a learning curve for us. We had some fun with a document called the bill of loading, without this the captain will not unload the goods and on Thursday it was somewhere in Turkey! One super fast currier service later and it was in Leyland on Friday evening ready to hand over to the Kristen C’s captain on Sunday. The salt is being discharged at Ellesmere Port and we are picking it up over the next week or so. The first load arrived in our yard this morning and the product is perfect. Unlike much of the white salt that was knocking around the UK last winter this product is not a fine powder, it is granulated to 6mm. This makes a difference.

Granulated salt will spread easily using existing equipment, no need to change any settings etc. The white salt has had an anti-caking agent added just like the rock salt from Winsford. In fact apart from the colour it is hard to tell the products apart, they look and feel very similar.

September 13th 2010

The ship delivery our salt to us from Egypt is now well on the way. If you would like to track exactly where it is or find out a little more about the vessel itself visit this link.

To see the ships navigational progress imposed on a Google map click on the Latitude / Longitude coordinates shown and you will be directed to a map showing our ships progress.

September 8th 2010

Earlier this year we secured 12,000 tonnes of rock salt from the mine in Winsford, Cheshire. The Winsford mine along with Cleveland Potash in the North East supply the vast majority of de-icing salt used in the UK and both are now fully committed to restocking local councils until at least December. In the crisis last winter many salt suppliers distributed a lower quality product that was often little more than beach sand. Online Rock Salt never did this. When we ran out we simply stopped supplying rather than offering a poor quality product to our customers. Even now in the height of summer some companies are offering products that are a mixture of fine sand and salt, that are at best far less effective at de-icing.

To ensure that Online Rock Salt is able to cope with demand no matter how bad the coming winter, we needed a solution other than simply relying on the already stretched salt supplies within the UK.

A product that is equally as effective as rock salt at de-icing is white marine salt. Online Rock Salt has chartered a ship from Egypt to bring the salt to the docks at Ellesmere Port, Cheshire. The ship set sail on the 8th and will arrive on the 19th of September.

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