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Aliapur sends tyre shreds from Dunkirk to Dakar

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At the end of June, Aliapur sent off a ship loaded with 5000 t of Powergom shred (products from 670 000 tyres) from Dunkirk to Dakar, to supply the cement works in Rufisque with an alternative fuel source. This delivery was be made under strict surveillance as it featured a number of new elements. Not only was it a cooperation with a new cement factory owned by the French cement maker, Vicat, but it was also both a new port of departure and a new destination: Aliapur had never previously sent products from Dunkirk, nor delivered to Senegal, which became the first country in West Africa to be served by the sector.

This is also a first for the routing method used, in conformity with Aliapur’s strategy to limit the use of road transport as much as possible each time: from their production site to the port of Dunkirk, the 5000 t of tyre shred will thus have managed the singular exploit of not having travelled on any roads at all. With 26 t/truck, this means that the CO2 emissions of 192 trucks were avoided.

In concrete terms, the Powergom destined for Dakar comes from two transformation sites: Gilles Henry and Ramery. As Gilles Henry is situated in the immediate vicinity of the waterway hub in Toul (near Nancy), on Moselle, 1500 t of shred was loaded onto a barge on 13 May and reached the port of Dunkirk via the canal network a week later. For Ramery, the site backs onto the waterway hub in Harnes (near Lens), on the Deûle canal, and 3500 t of Powergom was loaded onto three barges by early June, reaching Dunkirk in one day.

Like Fos-sur-Mer (Marseille), out of which Aliapur has been working for 12 years, Dunkirk is accessible by both canals and the sea. It is also a large enough port to be able to absorb the in-transit storage of 5000 t of Powergom until the bulk carrier was loaded at the end of June.

In the short term, Aliapur hopes to be able to suppress the transit phase, with direct loading from the barges to the ships instead.

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