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IN Middlesbrough AV Dawson have a unique freight and project cargo handling terminal alongside the River Tees.

The Ayrton International Railhead, Dawsons Wharf and North Sea Supply Base facilities can receive and load any product type through a diverse range of infrastructure and materials handling equipment.

The 60-acre adjacent sites adjoin the local Middlesbrough Goods Yard exchange sidings where up to 100 rail wagons can be held. Currently both EWS and Freightliner Heavy Haul operate within the Middlesbrough Goods yard which is serviced by AV Dawson's own shunt locomotives. The yard is also accessible for 9ft 6in containers on standard wagons.

At the entrance to the Ayrton Railhead there is a 100 tonne rail and road weighbridge used primarily for weighing dry bulk hopper wagons and liquid rail tanks. A bottom discharge receiving pit can convey dry bulk products into store at up to 400 tonnes per hour. Adjacent to this is a liquid transfer gantry currently used for hazardous moving hazardous products from road barrels to rail tanks.

The rail infrastructure extends onto the adjacent 1000m quayside which is ideally suited to intermodal operations and direct ship to rail transfer. On this site during 2008 AV Dawson will also begin loading regular aggregates trains destined for the south coast.

The rail terminal acts primarily as a local distribution hub and is served by the 200 trailer strong AV Dawson road haulage fleet.

In summary, AV Dawson is an asset based logistics business offering true multi-modal road-rail and sea distribution from its own facilities.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Mar 25, 2008
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