Feature, Freight News, Sea

‘New Trafford’ handles its first traffic

[ February 10, 2017   //   ]

Manchester’s revived Trafford Park Docks handled its first large vessel on 30 January after being closed for ten years when the 2,300 tonne RMS Duisburg delivered two large silos from Germany via Rotterdam, bound for a Manchester factory.

Esprit Warehousing & Docks, owned by Graham Dixon, has invested nearly £250,000 in refurbishing the derelict site over the last two years. Target traffics include road salt, aggregates, grain and biomass via the Manchester Ship Canal into Manchester.

The Esprit Trafford Park Docks can handle vessels carrying upto 4,500 tonnes of bulk goods or oversized freight. The company has also refurbished two warehouses on the site to food-grade standard.

Esprit has recently signed an agreement with Belgian barge operator Blue Line Logistics which aims to develop movement of palletised goods along the Manchester Ship Canalusing self-geared vessels. Peel Ports recently opened the nearby Port Salford terminal for containers and, with Esprit’s Trafford Park Docks handling bulk freight the  ship canal can cater for most types of freight.

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