The push tug and barge discharged initial 50 containers of organic molasses shipped into Liverpool’s Royal Seaforth Container Terminal by Mediterranean Shipping Company from Paraguay, before sailing on up the Canal with boxes of Tesco wines bound for Manchester.
The molasses is being shipped into the UK by the Organic Division of Uren Food Group Limited, for distribution as livestock feed to organically certified farms.
The dawn discharge of the containers at Ellesmere Port was undertaken by Quality Freight (UK) using its new £1m US$1.54m) Liebherr 150 mobile harbour crane. An hour later, the barge sailed for its next delivery stop at Irlam Container Terminal on the Ship Canal.
Sebastian Gardiner, managing director of Quality Freight said: “We now expect to repeat containers carrying not just molasses, but other cargoes bound for the North of England.”