Peel Ports Group has started delivering the second phase of its Liverpool2 terminal expansion programme so it can unload two 380-metre vessels simultaneously at the Port of Liverpool in the UK.
The installation of a further three ship-to-shore cranes (STS) and 10 cantilever rail mounted gantry cranes (CRMG), will add to the previous five STS cranes and 12 CRMG cranes installed as part of Phase 1 which was opened in November last year.
There will also be additional reefer points installed to allow the terminal to handle even greater quantities of refrigerated containers at the Port of Liverpool.
Launched in November 2016, the half-billion dollar investment in Liverpool2 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.
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Mark Whitworth, CEO of Peel Ports 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 commencing the 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.
“We are in a good place in our discussions with shipping lines; there are more opportunities on the horizon at the Port and our confidence is high as a result.”
There were concerns surrounding the commissioning of cranes at Liverpool2 after a sinkhole opened up in February this year (2017).
Watch the video below to get an idea of what the new terminal will be like: