Manchester Ship Canal

Unique inland logistics hub

When the Manchester Ship Canal was opened by HM Queen Victoria in 1894, it immediately became the largest river navigation canal in the world. It was a shining example of Victorian engineering and spearheaded deep sea shipping to the heart of Manchester and made the city’s port the third busiest in Britain.

Today under our stewardship, the Canal is thriving. Already a vibrant trading hub for bulk liquids and dry bulk cargo with 7.5 million tonnes passing through each year, the canal now forms part of an innovative carbon efficient waterway. Our work in revitalising the Manchester Ship Canal has been recognised through various awards, including the 2015 SHD Awards.

But we’re not treading water, and have grand plans for the future with the development along the Canal of 4,000,000 sq ft of port-centric warehousing and logistics facilities over the next 5-10 years.

To encourage growth and container volumes, we launched a service called the Manchester Shuttle, linking Liverpool and Manchester, which has seen volumes on the canal rise from 3,000 containers a year in 2009 to 22,500 in 2013.

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Port location

Running from the Mersey Estuary into the heart of Manchester, Peel Ports Manchester Ship Canal is a 36-mile long seaway comprising 12 terminals, handling around 8 million tonnes of cargo annually. It forms part of Peel Port’s innovative ‘Green Highway’ and removes freight from overcrowded roads and rail.

Commodities at Manchester Ship Canal

Introduction

Forming part of an innovative carbon efficient waterway, the Manchester Ship Canal is a vibrant trading hub for bulk liquids and dry bulk cargo with 7.5 million tonnes passing through its waters each year. To encourage growth on the canal and increase container volumes, we recently launched a service called the Manchester Shuttle, linking Liverpool and Manchester, which has seen volumes on the canal rise from 3,000 containers a year in 2009 to 22,500 in 2013.

Containers

Peel Ports has enabled containerised products to use an all-water route into the heart of the UK. The Manchester Ship Canal combined with the River Mersey provides a continuous 44-mile waterway between Liverpool and Manchester and brings the Ship Canal and Port of Liverpool together.

We have a dedicated container terminal in Irlam that allows customers quick and easy access to their goods. We also have Port Salford, a 250 acre site with 4 million sq.ft for development.

And we recently launched the Manchester Ship Canal shuttle service, operated by BG Freight which calls three times per week and connects deep-sea cargo from Liverpool and the Irish Sea hub. This service has proved incredibly popular with volumes quadrupling over the last 5 years.

 

Dry bulks

Every year, The Manchester Ship Canal handles and stores millions of tonnes of dry bulks from coal and biomass, to aggregates and chemicals.

Our strategically placed ports along the canal offer superior facilities, an excellent road, rail and sea network, and specialist, tailor-made solutions. Our close proximity to major UK manufacturing bases and consumers enables lower transportation costs and a greener supply chain.

We have a wide range of berthing options, providing flexibility in size for vessel charter, along with existing manufacturing and production locations, and has led to many successful partnerships like Ecocem at Port Runcorn.

 

Forest products

Every year the Manchester Ship Canal handles and stores millions of tonnes of forest bulk products intended for a wide range of industries and manufacturers throughout the UK. From stevedoring to storage, reprocessing to dispatch, we can offer you a comprehensive range of services to improve efficiency and add value to your supply chain.

Our facilities along the canal can give you an all water route into the heart of the UK. Our multi-modal connectivity gives us excellent links to motorway, rail and sea networks, maximising water transport and minimising use of roads. This will give both you and your customers a more efficient, cost-effective and environmentally responsible way to deal with pulp, paper and timber.

We have the experience and expertise you need to move your Packaging paper, Publishing paper, Woodpulp, Timber and Panel Products smoothly and efficiently along the length of the canal.

Liquid bulks

Whether your bulk liquids are fuels, oils, fats, additives or acids, here at the Manchester Ship Canal we can handle them smoothly and efficiently. As part of an innovative green highway, we’re a trading hub for bulk liquids and dry bulk cargo with 7.5 million tonnes passing through our waters each year.

We have the land footprint, the knowledge and the infrastructure, to help you design and build the perfect facilities on site. Together we can tailor custom-built, port-centric facilities to store and process your bulk liquids expertly, safely, efficiently and cost-effectively. We can give you access to the North West and Midlands manufacturing centres and have ample storage with our existing tank capacity with a spread of tank sizes and types available for short or long term storage.

Metals

We benefit from very close links to our major fully-automated steel terminal in Liverpool which is right next to our container terminal and a deep water berth that caters for bulk shipments. Perfect whether you want to send large or small shipments. These can then be shipped up the canal inland, saving you road miles. But that’s only half the story. Our facilities are as modern as our location is perfect. Your cargo could be handled and managed by our super-efficient automated cranes and state-of-the-art inventory control system in Liverpool. Here we can handle vessels carrying up to 50,000 tonnes with a 12.4m draft and 32.6 beam, which delivers major economies of scale.

Project cargo

At Peel Ports we’re great believers in thinking bigger. Whether it’s growing the volumes of cargo we handle through our UK ports… or delivering the kind that’s just too big or heavy to be shipped in unitised loads. The kind that needs our Project cargo service.

With Project cargo, we can completely tailor-make your handling and your journey. Whether it’s using a floating crane to load your oversized cargo directly from ship, or using the ‘Green Highway’ of the Manchester Ship Canal to get closer to the industrial heartland of Manchester – reducing CO2 emissions along the way.

Solutions at Manchester Ship Canal

Introduction

Under our stewardship, the Canal is thriving. Already a vibrant trading hub for bulk liquids and dry bulk cargo with 7.5 million tonnes passing through its waters each year, it now forms part of an innovative green highway.

Our future plan along the Canal will see the development of 4,000,000 sq ft of port-centric warehousing and logistics facilities over the next five to ten years. Another key area of growth will come from containers. We launched a container service called the Manchester Shuttle, linking Liverpool and Manchester, which has seen volumes on the canal rise from 3,000 containers a year in 2009 to 22,500 in 2013.

We offer a range of solutions as varied as the commodities we transport quickly and efficiently along the canal.

Container depot services

Peel Ports Container Services provides an efficient one stop shop for all container depot services at along the Manchester Ship Canal, offering a full range of depot services for dry, refrigerated and specilaist equipment. Peel Ports are able to support a wide range of depot services ranging from: Inspection and grading of equipment, Refrigerated equipment and pre-trip inspection, Steam cleaning equipment, CSC plating, Container panel and frame straightening and renewal, Container re-sprays/paintwork, floor repairs and renewals. There are other services on request.

Container shipping and logistics

We provide a one stop shop for all container services right along the Manchester Ship Canal and can offer a full range of depot services for dry, refrigerated and specialist equipment. These range from inspection and grading of equipment, to CSC plating and steam cleaning. We also have refrigerated equipment and offer pre-trip inspection along with electricity plug ins. To keep everything ship shape we can arrange container re-sprays and offer floor repairs and panel and frame straightening renewal.

Marine services

Our marine team here at the Manchester Ship Canal manage the provision of key marine services to shipping operators along the canal. These include everything from tug services, marine pilotage and pilot transfer service to hydrographic surveying, maintenance dredging, navigation aid provision and mooring services. Wherever your vessel moves along the canal, it’s scheduled and controlled either through our vessel traffic service or respective local information service control centre.

Multi-user warehousing

Port Warrington is located along the banks of the Manchester Ship Canal, the site can be adapted to allow berth side access. With an experienced operational team and located near key motorways, this warehouse is ideal to distribute and store goods within the North of England.

Port-centric warehousing and logistics

One of our most exciting plans in development for port-centric warehousing involves the Manchester Ship Canal. With over 3 Million sq ft of potential warehousing at Ports Salford, Bridgewater and Warrington, all with planning consents, we’ll be able to offer you a huge variety of solutions. This could easily become the most efficient logistics park in the country. And we already provide shared, multi-user warehouse space on a short or long term basis, give you the opportunity to lease or even develop your own design and build warehouse, provide you with a secure location in Liverpool with dedicated port police and help you benefit from an all-water route into the heart of the country.

Port security

Along the Manchester Ship Canal we want the equipment and the goods we have on-site to be safe and well cared for. That’s why we make sure that our Port Security Authorities operate according to best in class standards, promising confidence in the safety and security of you and your assets. At sites where we don’t have Port Security Authorities, we use highly trained private security officers operating to our exacting standards to ensure you and your goods are protected.

Property

Our properties are built around your needs and we can offer a wide range of port-centric and specialist developments along the Manchester Ship Canal. For more information on properties currently available, please contact our Senior Surveyor for the Manchester Ship Canal, Richard Williams.

 

Stevedoring

We have a team of highly trained and experienced professionals working for us here along the Manchester Ship Canal. No task is too difficult for our resourceful and experienced stevedores who can turn their skills to a multitude of scenarios and are well versed in handling a wide range of commodities through the canal.

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Properties at Manchester Ship Canal

To find out more about our property solutions at Manchester Ship Canal please contact our property team here: property@peelports.com.