Building a new MVS for Manchester … with Lego?


A fund raising day for Manchester’s new MVS unit at a supermarket close to the Ship Canal had the service rubbing shoulders with Emmet and Wyldstyle from the recently released Lego Movie.

The 120-year-old canal still connects Manchester, 36 miles inland to the North Atlantic.

When it opened, Manchester became Britain’s third busiest port using the world’s largest commercial canal.

In more recent years, encouraged by the canal owner’s Ocean Gateway Scheme, the upper reaches have seen increasing mercantile traffic.

This is in addition to extensive leisure use in and around the regenerated Salford Quays and the MediaCityUK complex at the terminus of the canal.

The MVS is planning to start a new Port of Manchester Unit to offer water-based assistance to commercial and leisure operators as well as unique training and education facilities for local residents.

Picture: Simon Parkinson from the new unit with Emmet and Wyldstyle from the Lego Movie.