Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Barge Freight Ideal for Future Olympic Site

Traffic hoped to increase in future
Shipping News Feature

LONDON – The Green Barge Company has removed the first three barge loads of filter cake, a by-product of soil decontamination, from the future Olympic Park site at Stratford. It is anticipated that the company’s barges will remove up to 3,000 tonnes of material per week as construction at the site steps up, passing via the Three Mills Lock into the Thames.

The barges, which are operating under contract for civil engineering firm BAM Nuttall, are considered the ideal way to move such heavy bulk loads right into the heart of the capital and according to British Waterways, the authority that manages the UK’s canal and river network, is drawing attention from many other parties.

Kim Milnes, British Waterways sustainable transport manager, says that: “Interest remains strong from other Olympic contractors who are considering using the lock to transport materials as diverse as aggregates to seating for the stadiums. We hope further traffic will shortly follow to join this new venture by Green Barge Company.”

(pic: The barges passing through Three Mills. Thanks to Fran Read of British Waterways for providing)