In February this year, we announced the opening of our Liverpool office to further expand our freight forwarding, ship agency and air freight activities in the North West. We’re delighted that our presence in the North West is now firmly established with offices in Manchester and Liverpool, so much so we were shortlisted for Transport/Logistics Company of the Year at the Northern Lights Awards 2017.
Our expansion comes at an exciting time for Liverpool, as the second phase of development at the Port of Liverpool, Liverpool2 has just commenced. Already one the of the world’s most modern shipping terminals, further investment in equipment and port infrastructure will expand the terminal and introduce further leading-edge port technology solutions. This will include the installation of a further three ship to shore cranes (STS) and 10 cantilever rail mounted gantry cranes (CRMG) that will add to the previous five STS cranes and 12 CRMG cranes installed as part of Phase 1 which was opened in November 2016. As a result, Liverpool2 will have the capacity to manage the unloading of two 380m vessels simultaneously. Additional reefer points will also mean the terminal will be capable of handling even greater quantities of refrigerated containers at the Port of Liverpool.
Mark Whitworth, CEO of Peel Ports, owners of the Port of Liverpool, said: “This is an important step in the development of Liverpool2 and reflects our confidence and our long-term commitment to positioning the North of England as a competitive route to international markets and a major port for global trade.
“The development of the project programme is now well underway. We are currently preparing the outline designs and would look to be in a position to appoint construction partners in spring of next year, with a view to commencement of construction shortly after. We anticipate a completion date for Phase 2 in 2019.
“The world-class facilities which we have at Liverpool2 will allow us to capture and grow a greater share of the container market, offering cargo owners in the north of the country a more competitive route to market, getting their goods closer to their end destination.”
Liverpool2 represents a £400m investment that provides a state-of-the-art ocean gateway for international trade to and from the UK. The deep water facility is capable of accommodating the world’s largest container vessels and connects road, rail and canal networks linking directly to the heart of the UK mainland, accessing a catchment of over 35 million people, almost 58% of the UK’s population.
For more information on the services available at the Port of Liverpool contact our Liverpool office on 0151 5190770 or our Manchester office on 0161 834 6444.
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