Freight by Water to hold Mersey conference

Michael Hunt

The UK body that encourages water-borne freight will host an event with speakers from Peel, Stobart, Homebase and others in Liverpool next month.

Stephen Carr, from Peel Ports, will be discussing the Port of Liverpool and Manchester Ship Canal and how they have become "dynamic international trading centres".

Steve O'Connor, from Stobart Ports, is giving a talk on landside logistics operations and how "shared‐user warehousing and multimodal distribution networks" act as a "critical factor" to this topic.

A talk on the environmental and cost benefits of Far East imports will also be given by Tim Standen from Homebase.

Further case studies are also planned by representatives of Tesco and The Mersey Partnership.

Freight by Water is holding its North West Modal Shift Forum at the Mersey Maritime Museum in Albert Dock, Liverpool, on Thursday 15 July.

The organisation held the first of a series of Modal Shift Forums at the offices of the Chamber of Shipping in London this month.

The forum looked at the River Thames and its use for freight transport.

Freight by Water receives funding from the Department of Transport to help promote the movement of UK domestic freight.

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