UK Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin recently visited the ‘Liverpool2’ container terminal where construction of new container ship berths and quay cranes are well underway.
The new terminal is being supported by a US$53 million government investment to dredge the bay and allow bigger ships into the port, according to Dredging Today.
When completed by the end of 2015 it will be able to accommodate the world’s largest deep-sea container vessels.
Patrick McLoughlin said: “This record investment in Liverpool’s transport network will provide a huge boost to the city. “Improved port, road and rail connections will link people with thousands of new jobs in the region and encourage businesses to grow. This is part of the government’s long-term economic plan to ensure our regions thrive, benefiting the UK as a whole.”
Dutch marine engineering specialist Van Oord is dredging the River Mersey estuary, which involves deepening the approach channel from 6.9 metres to 8 metres.