Off–road freight

All welcoming the transfer of freight from large lorries to energy/fuel-saving barges will appreciate the latest news sent by email: 

The first two barge loads of packaged timber imported from the Baltic* were unloaded at Goole on 18th January with overnight delivery for storage at the discharge wharf at West Stockwith on the River Trent today as part of an initial trial that is expected to lead to a substantial transfer of traffic from lorry to barge. 

Peter Hugman, Director of BargeConsult, said that everyone involved with the trial were pleased with the ease and simplicity of the first loads, aided by the extensive planning that had taken place. All companies involved are keen to continue to make this traffic a long-term success and further trial loads are already planned at several locations. 

The East Midlands, known for its innovation in many spheres: 

During 2010 BargeConsult was contracted by the East Midlands Development Agency (EMDA) and British Waterways (BW) to carry out follow up work resulting from the 2008 River Trent study, with the object of obtaining more waterborne traffic on the River Trent. This timber traffic is now the second success resulting from this work. 

The website of the Commercial Boat Operators Association [CBOA] for some time showed M.V. Cordale carrying 320 tons of special sand from Goole to Rotherham – keeping 11 lorries off the roads.

And more recently in the Birmingham Press: 

In July this year, seven barges carried a hundred tons of small stone/gravel, dredged from Paddington Basin, up the Grand Union Canal to A & R Rothen & Sons of Atherstone, north of Birmingham. The gravel had been piled up against the historic Basin wall (1801) to reinforce it while the foundations were being excavated for a multi-storey building project designed by Terry Farrell. #

NOTE:  Why import even sustainably produced timber? The Baltic produces softwood [pine and fir],  material for structural building, furniture, doors and window frames and paper, for which British grown hardwood species is not used. 

Next week: a cheering discovery – The Ross Barlow, developed by engineers at the University of Birmingham.

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