Incredible bulk

PUBLISHED: 12:06 11 August 2006 | UPDATED: 19:47 01 June 2010

I WOULD like to comment on the article and photo of the alleged largest bulk cargo for Wisbech. This is, in fact, incorrect. The largest fertiliser shipment was on July 31, 1999, on board the MV Windland, a cargo of some 2,000 tonnes all the way from Tu

I WOULD like to comment on the article and photo of the alleged "largest bulk cargo for Wisbech."

This is, in fact, incorrect. The largest fertiliser shipment was on July 31, 1999, on board the MV Windland, a cargo of some 2,000 tonnes all the way from Tunis.

Hoo Robin had a shipment of fertiliser from Amsterdam which was, no doubt, tran-shipped on a much bigger vessel to Amsterdam from North Africa and then on to Wisbech.

We also handled bigger bulk shipments back in the late 70s and early 80s with cargoes of 1,500 tonnes not uncommon.

While I support 100 per cent any promotion and focus given on the Port of Wisbech, I feel it only fair to ensure that the data is correct.

The Port of Wisbech is in a fantastic position to serve industry. Now that fuel costs for lorries are getting to the stage where they are becoming impossible to profit from, we must look at the aspect of using water transport. This frees up the roads, protects the environment and gives the facility to move greater volumes by sea/canal/river.

The Dutch, Belgian and German waterways are prime examples of what can be done with moving freight by sea/canal/river.

DARREN GREEN

Ringers Lane

Leverington

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