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Serving the Manchester Ship Canal

At Bilway Marine Ltd we provide services and maintenance on the 36 miles of the Manchester ship canal from Eastham and Manchester. This area of Manchester City is up and coming, with fresh new businesses setting up and residential areas being built regularly. We clear vegetation from the waterways, perform necessary tree surgery to keep the canals clear, removal of debris from the waterways and service the navigation way's lighting. Our service also provides aid and assistance via water when needed, in the form of rescues and safety boats. This section of the Manchester canal is much clearer and safer because of our team’s hard work.

Some other exciting project work we are involved in is the installing of new water turbines along the canal. We also provide assistance via water with our fleet services for many businesses along the canals. We also offer safety boat services for TV & film production companies.  

We also manage 2 Ferry services for the public across the canal from Urmston to Flixton and The Thelwall Ferry.

Both ferries may be cancelled subject to weather and flood water.  Carrying up to 4 persons at a time, the first crossing leaves 10-15 mins after opening with the last crossing leaving 5 mins before closing, and takes 2-3 minutes to cross. Pets and bicycles are now permitted at the discretion of the ferry-person. 

In relation to COVID-19, the safety of our crew and service users is our main priority, therefore we shall be continuing to wear the relevant personal protective equipment. We are also maintaining social distancing on our ferry service and within other projects, wherever possible. All compliance is greatly appreciated.

Bilway Marine Ltd boats servicing the Manchester Canal ways. Tree surgery and maintenance.

Any Enquiries Or For More Information On The Fantastic Canal Environmental Services Carried Out By Bilway Marine In Manchester, Please Get In Touch.
Call: 07921 262368

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Stephen Ingram, our brilliant Managing Director who founded the company way back in 2010 has over 40 years of experience in the canal industry. Our wonderful team is made up of 9 dedicated members, Anton our operations manager has been there from day one and is referred to by the crew as ‘Skipper’. We also have Charlie supporting as Operations Supervisor along with our very capable deck hand squad; made up of Geordie, Dom, Alex, Ainsley and Lee. Our Ferry Services  are maintained and managed by the great Alan and Martin. Bilway Marine Ltd business is overseen by Business Manager Laura, who plays a vital role in the continued success of the organisation. 

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Our team is highly qualified, and we ensure all relevant licences are in place for safe working. We pride ourselves on our HSE standards. Employees are all RYA certified and the relevant staff chainsaw and woodchipper qualified. Our organisation is also proud to be part of safe contractor, a renowned health and safety accreditation.

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