Manchester Ship Canal container service gets larger vessel

coastaldeniz01Manchester, UK; Peel Ports has upgraded the Manchester Ship Canal container barge service after increased demand from customers including Kelloggs, Princes Foods and Kingsland Wine.

The 260 TEU Coastal Deniz pictured offers more than 60% greater capacity. By transporting larger volumes of containers per sailing, Peel Ports says it will increase the value it offers to its customers whilst decreasing their impact on the environment.

The Deniz will make up to four sailings a week between the Port of Liverpool’s Seaforth container terminal and Irlam Container Terminal near Trafford Park in Manchester. The service also makes calls en route at Ellesmere Port.

Stephen Carr, head of business development, Peel Ports said: “Our Ship Canal container service was already a compelling logistics solution, but it just got bigger and better.

“We know that our customers value efficiency and sustainability, and this upgrade is just one of a number of initiatives we are able to offer them alongside port centric warehousing and consolidation. It allows customers to reduce their carbon footprint in a cost neutral manner.

The Deniz will move in the region of 20,000 containers in 2013. That’s 20,000 fewer containers making the journey between Liverpool and Manchester by truck. In terms of carbon footprint that’s a huge saving – around 1000 tonnes of carbon and 1.3 million km of freight taken off UK roads every year.

“Peel Ports has a track record of being consistently innovative when it comes to increasing the efficiency of our customers’ supply chains.

“We are currently developing a series of mini ports and multi-modal logistics hubs at various locations along the length of the Canal, which means our customers will be able to move their goods from anywhere in the world right into the heart of the UK without touching an inch of road tarmac. The Manchester Ship Canal is a unique proposition which is transforming the way that many of our customers do business.”

Peel Ports has operated a container barge service along the Canal since 2007. In 2009, the service handled 3,000 containers, a figure which had increased to 10,000 containers in 2011 and 15,000 in 2012. In addition to handling containers the Manchester Ship Canal handles over 7 million tonnes of dry bulk cargo and petrochemicals every year.

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