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FREIGHT BUSINESS JOURNAL ISSUE 5 2021


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Logistics operator Esprit has realised its ambition to use the Manchester Ship Canal to take heavy freight off the city’s streets. Its Traff ord Docks terminal recently handled three large ships bringing project freight up the Ship Canal from destinations including Croatia and Germany. In late May, the Hendrik S brought


three German-built 35 tonne silos from Rotterdam into the heart of city, destined for the Heineken factory in central Manchester. The silos leſt Esprit’s Traff ord Docks, one each night at 01:00, escorted by four police bikes and traffi c car plus a wide load support vehicle.


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The four-mile journeys each took two hours, oſt en travelling on the wrong side of dual carriageways in order to negotiate roundabouts and tight bends. Tram lines had to be liſt ed and street furniture temporarily removed. In early June, the Eems brought another


four silos into Traff ord Park, again destined for the Heineken site. Another three nights of escorts and teamwork by Sarens Cranes, Finnie Heavy Haulage, GM Police, KeolisMetrolink, TfGM and Heineken, all under the management of Park Project Freight, saw everything again


delivered safely and on time without causing any traffi c disruption. Immediately aſt er the Eems


Transporter leſt the berth, the Hendrik S returned to Esprit’s Traff ord Docks, this time carrying a 128.5-tonne electricity transformer which had started its journey in Croatia as part of a larger consignment aboard the m/v Eems Servant. The load had been transhipped onto the Hendrik S in Liverpool for the fi nal leg up the Canal to Traff ord Park. Esprit Group managing director


Graham Dixon commented that had these huge oversize and


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overweight cargoes travelled to Manchester by road from a coastal port, the traffi c chaos and congestion would have been immense. He added: “Thanks to companies such as Heineken recognising the great asset we have with the Manchester Ship Canal and choosing this as their preferred method of bringing oversize freight into Manchester, serious congestion was avoided and the much greener alternative was used.”


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