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Shipping Lines: New vessel carries containers along Manchester Ship Canal

INCREASED demand for ship containers along the Manchester Ship Canal has resulted in a bigger ship brought into service.

Extra business from big brand names like Kellogg’s, Princes Foods and Kingsland Wines has exceeded the extra capacity put on a year ago with the coaster MV Monica.

The new ship, MV Coastal Deniz, can carry 260 containers – 60% more than Monica. It runs between Liverpool’s Seaforth Container Terminal, Ellesmere Port and Irlam Container Terminal in Salford.

Stephen Carr, Peel Ports Mersey business development head, said: “Deniz will move 20,000 containers in 2013.

“We are developing mini-ports along the canal so customers can move their goods from anywhere in the world into the heart of the UK.”

Peel Ports started MSC container barge services in 2007. In 2009 it handled 3,000 containers, in 2011 this rose to 10,000 containers and in 2012 it carried 15,000 containers.

Seven million tonnes of dry bulk cargo and petrol chemicals are also shipped annually.

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