Princes, the food and drink group, is expanding its use of the Manchester Ship Canal to move goods by barge from the Port of Liverpool to Manchester.
Princes signed an initial agreement with Peel Ports that removed 3,000 teu per year from road to barge, and it has now increased this commitment and expects to reduce the number of road miles by up to 500,000 per year.
A Princes spokesperson said: “By importing through Liverpool, we had already reduced our carbon footprint; however we then looked at the possibility of use Peel’s Liverpool to Manchester barge service to reduce it even further. This has been a great success, and by removing thousands of containers from the UK’s roads we have delivered a real environmental benefit.”
Stephen Carr, head of business development at Peel Ports Mersey, said: “This is a great example of how using Britain’s most central gateway can effectively reduce carbon emissions and lower congestion. The unique offering of a 44 mile port centric logistics platform from the Port of Liverpool and along the Manchester Ship Canal continues to make significant contribution to the UK’s carbon footprint reduction targets.”
Peel Ports operates a Liverpool-Manchester Shuttle several times a week calling at at Ellesmere Port and Irlam Wharf. It has also made calls to Salford Quays with containers for the BBC’s Media City project.