Motor hopper CHUB fully laden
CHUB passing through Fretherne Bridge
Unusual steering mechanism
Motor Hopper CHUB
Thompson River Transport operated 3 motor hopper barges from Gloucester.
Converted from dumb hoppers, they were motorised in 1997 and are used annually
to take away the mud dredged from the docks.
Crewed by two men, they completed a daily trip from Gloucester to Purton and return.
Each hopper carried 150 tonnes of mud.
This took only 30 minutes to load from the dredger and even less time to pump out!
The average time to travel the 14 miles from Gloucester to Purton took 3 hours. The return trip empty took slightly less than this.
Empty motor hopper CHUB
CHUB returning empty to Gloucester
CHUB passing a Dutch barge
The 3 motor hoppers, CHUB and PERCH are currently carrying sand at the Cemex site at the Ryall plant in Worcestershire.
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