A COSCO containership will call at the Port of Liverpool for the first time on 17 October, something which the port has claimed is a sign of its growing relationship with China.
The Chinese state-owned liner’s MV Jork vessel will call at Liverpool after a stop in Rotterdam, and, in doing so, strengthen the port’s relationship with the fastest growing economy on Earth.
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Peel Ports, the terminal operator of the Port of Liverpool, bought five ship-to-shore cranes and six cantilever rail-mounted gantry (CRMG) cranes from Chinese stated-owned firm ZPMC for the £400 million container terminal, Liverpool2.
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Furthermore, a delegation from Peel Ports is currently in China to discuss the second phase of Liverpool2’s development, and a further executive visit to Shanghai will be made on November 5 2018.
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Speaking about the company’s close relationship with China, Mark Whitworth, Chief Executive Officer, Peel Ports, said: “The arrival of the MV Jork at Liverpool is positive news for the Port and is down to the strategic, dedicated approach we’ve taken to the Asian market in recent years.
“Our relationship with China has been incredibly strong for a number of years now, and the faith shown by COSCO in the capabilities and infrastructure of Liverpool shows how global perceptions of the UK’s shipping ecosystem are starting to shift.
“With multimodal access by rail, sea and road to the majority of UK consumers, Liverpool2 is the logical port of call for global lines looking to move their customers stock in the most efficient way.”