Alderney Shipping initially used a chartered Norwegian vessel, the Kanutta, to access it, passing under the Connel Bridge and crossing the Falls of Lora at high tide.
It is history repeating itself, but in reverse, as the Bonawe iron furnace at Loch Etive, now a fascinating historic monument, was built there by a Cumbrian iron company to smelt ship born Cumbrian iron ore using charcoal made from highland forests.
Use of the Great Glen company’s little ships is saving thousands of truck miles on remote highland roads. Such ship movements are an essential part of a modern sustainable forest industry, important in large parts of remote Scotland. A trial period of freighting along the Caledonian Canal was undertaken by the company with the deck crane equipped Kanutta 480,’58 which included timber cargo from Etive and Glen Shiel through the canal to Invergordon on the Cromarty Firth.
It is currently In abeyance but I understand it is hoped that it may recommence in the not too distant future though the veteran little Kanutta is back on the Norwegian coast. There is a shortage of small suitable tonnage that could efficiently undertake this work. There is surely a market for modern but small scale tonnage with self-loading gear to access smaller wharfage all over coastal and inland Europe and Scandinavia given the environmental cost of the ubiquitous use of heavy goods vehicles and the inaccessibility of many such wharves to modern giant trucks.
More on this and other news in Sea Breezes Magazine - April 2013 Issue -->
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