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Marine landings of aggregates on the up

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Landings of aggregates at marine wharves in the UK grew over the last year, according to a new report from BDS Marketing Research. There has also been an increase in the number of aggregates wharves operating.

“In the last two years, companies operating rock wharves have increased the volume of material handled by almost 10%,” said Andy Sales, author of the report. “This is expected to increase further following the recent introduction of additional facilities.”

The report focuses on wharves handling aggregates sourced from quarries, rather than marine-dredged aggregates. It identified more a total of 20 wharves that were used to land 4.8 million t of aggregates in 2016.

The majority of rock was imported into the southeast and east of England, where there is a shortage of local supply. Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Norway provided the main sources of the aggregates.

According to BDS Marketing Research, marine transportation is increasingly attractive for aggregates supply as it represents a lower-carbon route to market compared to land-based transportation, particularly via road.

This makes it attractive to both government and aggregates companies that are targeting a reduction in carbon emissions.

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