Tuesday 25th Oct 2016 - Logistics Manager

Sainsbury’s takes to the water

Sainsbury’s has successfully completed a week-long trial transporting containers on the river Thames using Cory Environmental’s barges from a south-east London depot to its store in West London. On almost every occasion the supermarket found that the containers were transported more quickly than their usual road journey.
Sea and Water, the promotional body for water-freight transport in Britain, set up the arrangements between Sainsbury’s and the suppliers of water-freight services.  
Francis Power, director of Sea and Water, said: “water-borne transport within the UK is an underused resource as there is plenty of capacity on the waterways to move more freight. It is the most environmentally-sustainable mode of transport as barges emit 80 per cent less carbon and 36 percent less nitrogen than lorries and they can transport more containers in a single journey.” Sea and water also maintain that adopting water-borne transport in the supply chain will economically benefit the port and wharf communities around the UK.