The deep-water container terminal Liverpool2, operated by Peel Ports, will welcome a new transatlantic container service from 2M – the alliance between shipping giants Maersk and Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC).
2M’s TA2 service previously visited Felixstowe, but has switched to Liverpool on a temporary basis. In addition to this, Maersk’s South American service, Colombia Express, will also begin calling at the Port of Liverpool.
This will be the final port of call for these services before they head across the Atlantic, linking Liverpool with such US ports as Savannah and Charleston.
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Mark Whitworth, Chief Executive of Peel Ports, commented: “This news demonstrates the impact which our investment in Liverpool2 has had in re-shaping UK logistics, and disrupting traditional approaches to shipping.
“Our objective is now to secure these or similar services in the long-term by delivering the cost, congestion and carbon emission benefits that Liverpool2 in particular will offer shipping lines and cargo owners.”
Asbjorn Kops, Trade and Marketing Director of Maersk, said: “After resuming a service in Liverpool two years ago, via a feeder connection, we have been able to offer flexibility to our customers in the North West region.
The service first arrives in Liverpool on 22 July, 2018, and will connect with a new rail freight service that began running from the port earlier in the year.