Like many other companies this year, The Loadstar made the sad decision to leave its London office and become a virtual team – for now.

Unlike most other companies though, The Loadstar’s office was on a 1924-built Dutch barge, which originally plied the waters of the Netherlands with cargoes of bulk. Luxemotor Sagitta came to live in the UK some 14 years ago.

The team made the decision to move the barge out of London, to a new mooring near Felixstowe. And on a sunny August day, we left the home at Tower Bridge where we’d been for nearly a decade – and where we started The Loadstar – and took to the sea. Sagitta‘s DAF truck engine reliably chugged on for the 24-hour trip, past the ports of Tilbury, London Gateway and Felixstowe.


Our view of Canary Wharf.

The flags read ‘Bye folks!’

Gavin van Marle has a farewell chat with the neighbours…

…who wave us off.





‘Bye to Tower Bridge and the Shard

Canary Wharf


Passing Greenwich and the Cutty Sark


 the Millennium Dome


The Thames barrier


Past London Gateway


All at sea

Past Felixstowe


We moor off Felixstowe to wait for the tide

Sagitta enters the river to its new home …

…and promptly goes aground at the entrance to the new moorings,
where she stays until the next Spring tide, a few days later.

The desks are removed…

… the sofas are back.

We’ll be back, publishing, on 4 January. Everyone at The Loadstar wishes all our readers a good, quiet holiday, and a successful and stress-free 2021.

Thanks for reading us, and for all your support in this oddest of years.

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  • michael sales

    December 24, 2020 at 10:34 am

    We wish you all a very good and successful year in your new home. Thanks for your excellent news coverage. MS

  • James

    January 05, 2021 at 6:50 am

    Happy new year and thanks for all the great reads. Wish you the best in your new moorings and for 2021. Think it will be an interesting year in the logistics industry.

    Keep safe and positive.

  • ragstorichesmoving

    January 16, 2021 at 10:56 am

    Great post.