GB£500,000 boosts Thames logistics centre

Dredging Dredging from the land. Credit: Land & Water
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Land & Water has invested in a GB£500,000 dredging campaign to increase the capacity of its Thames-side marine logistics centre in Essex, UK.

As part of its master plan, the company has brought Coldharbour Lane Jetty, a new facility which has achieved full planning permission to act as a marine logistics centre to support major infrastructure projects along the Thames Estuary.

James Maclean, CEO of Land & Water, commented: “I am convinced that innovative logistics solutions will unlock future supply chains into London as the days of diesel fuelled heavy trucks delivering commodities into the capital are numbered.”

Waste spoils management

The wharf, which has three fully operational shipping berths, will handle waste spoils from construction works and allow them to be shipped to the company’s adjacent habitat creation site at Rainham Marshes. The hub will also act as a transport node for materials and products to be shipped onto barges for onward distribution into London.

Mr Maclean added: “Our sustainable hub at Rainham offers the ideal solution, taking advantage of our close proximity to the A13 and M25 trunk roads, linking them directly to water transport, unlocking the River Thames as a liquid highway.

“We hope our hub will be able to feed a fleet of electric distribution vehicles deep inside the city, which will have a positive long-term effect on the environment, and ease congestion.”

This new facility saves 86 articulated lorry movements into and out of the capital for every 1,200-tonne barge that leaves the hub.

Three businesses are already utilising the facility, Land & Water confirmed.

By Rebecca Jeffrey

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