They’re Not Making Them Any More
Jonathan Mosse, IWA’s Scotland representative, reflects on a potential lost opportunity…
‘Buy land, they’re not making it anymore’: thus, goes a well-known observation attributed to Mark Twain. Much the same thing could be said about ports scattered around the periphery of the United Kingdom.
So when confronted by a headline such as: ‘Councillors Vote to Close Perth Harbour as a Commercial Port’ it’s clearly time to review all options, just as the good burghers of Perth are clearly reviewing theirs!
Now it should be remembered I don’t operate a commercial vessel, nor do I hold a current MCA Boatmaster ticket to skipper one. My sole justification for a deep commitment to promoting inland waterways freight lies in an overriding concern for the impact of global warming and the destructive influence it is having on this planet and its inhabitants.
Having neither the energy nor the youth of a Greta Thunberg, I look to the low-hanging fruit amongst the available means of redressing the problem and, what jumps out at me, are the benefits of moving as much freight onto the waterways as is humanly practicable, preferably aboard vessels powered by sustainable fuels – largely hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) at this stage of the game.
[Photo: Perth Harbour, off the river Tay, by Jonathan Mosse]