UK: First Project Cargo for Liverpool-Manchester Ship Canal Barge Service
The first project cargo has been transported on Peel Portsâ€™ barge service on the Manchester Ship Canal. Thursday, 19.Apr.2012, 15:52 (GMT+3)
The first project cargo has been transported on Peel Portsâ€™ barge service on the Manchester Ship Canal.
Until now the Liverpool to Manchester service has carried only an increasing level of containers, but this weekâ€™s transporting of a giant chemicals tank to the Ineos facility at Runcorn saw the start of non-containerised traffic.
The 30 metre high 20 tonne tank arrived at the Port of Liverpool from Holland on the ACL vessel Atlantic Concert on Monday, and made the onward journey on the Ship Canal to Runcorn by barge on Tuesday.
The journey from Liverpool to Runcorn took just over three hours.
Stephen Carr, Peel Ports Merseyâ€™s head of business development for the Port of Liverpool and Manchester Ship Canal, said: â€śThis is the latest development in our objective to increase usage of the Ship Canal as a logistics hub that drives down cost and CO2 emissions.
â€śThe Port of Liverpool has seen a significant increase in container volumes over the last few months, much of which has continued the journey via our barge service to end-users â€“ driven by supply chains looking for a lower cost solution to serve Northern and Central Britain.
â€śTodayâ€™s delivery of this project cargo from the Port of Liverpool to Runcorn is a departure in that is the first non-container cargo to use our barge service, and we are keen to expand and further develop that side of the business.
â€śThis further increase in the use of the Ship Canal demonstrates the desire of many companies to use water to get their product as close to their customer as possible.â€ť
Andrew Wormald, senior sales & operations manager at Abnormal Load Services Ltd, Peel Portsâ€™ customer on this project, said: â€śThe sheer size of this cargo made the use of road transport problematic, and the use of Peelâ€™s barge service was the perfect solution. It also saved us on costs and carbon emissions for this leg of the journey from Holland.â€ť