It has been reported by the Peel Ports group that the expanded Port of Liverpool was visited by David Cameron, and is expected to support 5000 direct and indirect jobs over the next 10 years.
Due to its increased capacity and use of the latest quayside technology, the new container terminal will provide improved opportunities to importers and exporters for getting their goods to the market.
Mr Cameron announced a £150m partnership between Peel Ports and Culina Logistics in order to create the first canal-linked logistics park in the UK.
The Prime Minister also heard about the announcement that Evergreen, the fourth largest container line in the world, is beginning a new service into Liverpool from the start of July, further evidence of the growing interest in Liverpool from shipping lines.
Mr Cameron said: “Liverpool2 will allow the biggest container ships in the world to unload their cargo via Merseyside. This is a really good example of where you need an active, industrial policy to help rebalance the economy.
He added: “This new terminal in Liverpool will ensure that freight can come directly to the North of England. That is an active rebalancing of the economy.”
Mark Whitworth, chief executive of Peel Ports, said: “We were very pleased to have the chance to show the Prime Minister how the development at Liverpool2 is progressing and how it will contribute to the UK’s capacity for international trade.
The Port of Liverpool currently handles a diverse range of cargo, including containers, RORO and bulk solids and liquids.