Peel Ports welcomed Maritime Minister Nusrat Ghani MP to its flagship container terminal Liverpool2 on 25 July, where she spoke to port representatives.
Ghani discussed how pivotal these centres of trade are to the UK economy, through which “95% of everything” imported or exported by Britain moves.
She praised the Port of Liverpool for its organization, use of innovative technology, and for achieving sustained growth above the national average.
Khalid Mahdy, of Peel Ports, discusses the importance of consistent training in a recent Port Technology technical paper
This was also an opportunity to assert the importance of northern ports, which help to redress an imbalance in investment between north and south.
The minister also joined Chief Operating Officer Patrick Walters on a tour of the port, during which she spoke to employees working across the container terminal.
Walters, commenting on the visit, said: “We’re pleased that the Minister has been able to see what we are doing to support skills development, employment and international trade at this exciting time for our business.
“Workforce diversity is very important to us, blending attributes and skills enables our people and our business to perform to their true potential.
“We are committed to increasing diversity, and this includes attracting more women to the industry and supporting their development into senior roles.”
Liverpool2 will soon be visited by its largest regular caller to date, after the terminal agreed to introduce a new transatlantic container service from 2M Alliance Maersk and Mediterranean Shipping Company.