Freight by Water event to set the agenda for water freight in Scotland

Monday 15 August 2011

Unlocking the tremendous potential of water freight in Scotland will be explored at a forthcoming seminar on 7 September in Glasgow. A range of speakers – from companies that have made moving bulk goods by water work for them to container service specialists and port operators – will ensure that guests, among them Scottish government, will be given the latest industry feedback on what is surely a growing feature of Scotland’s logistics sector.

Just added to the agenda is Carr’s Flour Mills – who will discuss their experience of investing to transport bulk goods directly by sea instead of road.

Christopher Snelling, Manager of Freight by Water, said:

“Water freight is an increasingly promising proposition, with real environmental, cost and congestion-busting benefits to be had if used well. This event will not only inform potential users about the options open to them now but will allow industry to feed back on what is needed for water freight to thrive in coming years.”

The round table seminar will review existing coastal and short-sea water freight connections for Scotland and possible future developments. Aimed at buyers and operators of logistics services into or out of Scotland, the event will include presentations on a range of topics by leading industry players, including shipping company MSC on container services, leading ferry operator DFDS on roll-on/roll-off issues, and Forth Ports.

On the agenda:

  • Making bulk water freight work
  • The container market for Scotland
  • Ro-Ro services – lessons learnt from the Rosyth–Zeebrugge service
  • The ports perspective – England/Scotland ferry?

The event takes place on 7 September in Stepps, Glasgow and is free to relevant stakeholders – shippers, forwarders, hauliers, ports, shipping lines, industry suppliers, experts and journalists with an interest in the future of Scotland’s supply chain and UK water freight generally. To register to attend please email Christopher Snelling at


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