I am all for freight, whenever it is possible, travelling by ship rather than road.
A company which really buys into this is Exol which manufactures a range of lubricants and associated products for industrial, agricultural, automotive and marine applications. Exol made its small screen debut on ITV’s prime time programme Barging Round Britain with John Sergeant recently.
Exol makes effective use of the waterways and canal networks, regularly transporting 500 tonnes of raw material – equivalent to more than 20 road tanker deliveries – from Hull docks to its bulk blending plant in Rotherham.
In episode three, which was aired on Friday 27 February, programme host John Sergeant joined the Exol team on the Humber Princess (approximately 200 feet long), led by Skipper Duane Ball, and travelled along the river Humber before disembarking at Goole.
Barge transport is more energy efficient, produces less air pollution with lower emissions and is safer overall, with fewer accidents, fatalities and injuries. Where road travel is essential, Exol maintains one of the most economical fleets on UK roads, having recently invested £1.5million in new Scania trucks.
Steve Dunn said: “It was great to play a part in Barging Round Britain as it gave us another opportunity to highlight our use of the waterways, which is vitally important to the running of our business."