Food and drink company reduces road miles by using the Port of Liverpool and Manchester Ship Canal

11/1/11 3:01 PM

Princes, the international food and drink group, has recently embarked on a unique environmental project that forms part of its over-riding corporate responsibility programme.

Over the last few years Princes has reduced its carbon footprint by importing cargo through the Port of Liverpool. By using Britain's central gateway, Princes has cut inland haulage thereby reducing road miles and congestion.

Last year Princes, working in partnership with Peel Ports, then looked at the possibility of utilising Peel's Liverpool to Manchester barge service to further reduce its carbon footprint by removing thousands of containers from the UK road network.

Princes and Peel Ports signed an initial agreement that removed 3,000 TEU (20ft containers) per year from road to barge however following the early success of this project.

Princes has now increased this commitment and expects through utilising waterways in this manner that it could reduce the number of road miles by up to 500,000 per year and reduce its carbon footprint by over 500,000 kg of CO2 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 utilising 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, which operates Port of Liverpool and the Manchester Ship Canal, said: "Currently 70% of goods that come within a 150 mile radius of the Port of Liverpool enter the UK via southern ports – with the ongoing journey to the North of England by road and rail adding extra strain on the country's overburdened transport networks and the environmental impact of unnecessary CO2 emissions.

"Liverpool is the most centrally positioned deep-sea port in the UK, meaning it is ideally situated to serve all cargo bound for Northern Britain by optimising the supply chain, and we are delighted that this has been recognised by Princes and other food and drink suppliers including AB World Foods, Heinz and Kingsland Wines.

"By looking at the integrated "Ship-to-Door" logistics, we not only optimise the transport leg from port to store, but also offer an efficient onward transport journey as Liverpool is closest to the consumer.

"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."

Neil Berry