Peel launches UK cargo diversion drive
Peel Ports in the UK has unveiled its ambitious carbon emissions initiative and is calling on the industry to rethink supply chain and service routes to help reduce freight mileage by 200 million miles over the next five years.
Unveiling its Cargo200 plan at the Multimodal 2015 exhibition, the company highlighted opportunities for cargo owners to cut the cost of inland transportation by switching delivery of ocean freight from south east ports to the Port of Liverpool, if their goods start or end their journey in the north of the UK.
“This initiative is about efficiency and sustainability,” Patrick Walters, commercial director, Peel Ports, told Port Strategy. “Following our commitment to build Liverpool2, we looked at the geographical demand for goods and cargo flows in the UK. Around 95% of containers enter the UK through southern ports, like Felixstowe and Southampton, but are then transported via road up to the north. It’s clogging up roads.”
According to Peel Ports’ calculations, cargo owners could save up to £400 per container by altering supply chain routes.
“Cargo owners, importers and exporters are constantly reviewing their ‘carbon agenda’ and through our new initiative and with Liverpool2, we’re providing another major step forward in terms of cutting emissions and a viable and cost effective alternative for moving goods,” Mr Walters added.
Peel Ports now aims to recruit up to 200 cargo owners, importers and exporters to support its campaign.
Mr Walters told PS: “Investments in transport infrastructure, road rail and canals are already supporting the accelerated growth of businesses in the north, but taking advantage of these opportunities means making a conscious shift in today’s supply chains and services. The challenge is to break the cycle, bring cargo closer to markets, and get a weight of opinion behind the initiative. It’s a massive opportunity.”
Peel Ports has already gathered support from retailers like B&M and Unilever, as well as JCB and Jaguar Land Rover. It will work with them and other Cargo200 partners to share data and carry out further modelling to support the development of the initiative.
Liverpool2, the UK’s largest transatlantic deep sea port, is set to open this December. It will allow global shippers ‘ship-to-door’ access to the UK’s major import centres and will be linked via the Manchester Ship Canal to Port Salford’s new National Import Centre – the UK’s first tri-modal inland port facility and distribution park.
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