The largest vessel to reach central Leeds for 30 years could take more than 5,000 lorries off the road each year.
With just two return trips by canal each week between the Humber ports and Leeds, the MMS Off-Roader barge could make a significant contribution to reducing carbon emissions and improving road safety, its owners say.
MMS Off-Roader was originally built as a petroleum barge by Yorkshire Dry Dock.
She was purchased by MMS, which is based in Alexandra Dock in Hull, in December 2021, with naval architects engaged to redesign the barge to carry bulk loads. Each 500 tonne load can take up to 25 lorries off roads.
They are offering a demonstration run to anyone who is considering transporting goods by barge. The vessel can carry a huge range from cans of dog meat through wood pellets to containers and the accommodation is “fabulous”.