Peel Ports announces new Strategic Commercial Director

Peel Ports announces new Strategic Commercial Director

Peel Ports Group has appointed Marcus Connolly as its new Strategic Commercial Director to improve global container operations.

Connolly joins the port operator with over 25 years of expertise in international container shipping and logistics, including positions at A.P. Moller – Maersk (Maersk) and NYSHEX.

Based in the Port of Liverpool, Connolly will reportedly be in charge of developing transformative development prospects through group-wide strategic alliances, as well as strengthening connections with key shipping lines.

According to Peel Ports, Connolly will play a vital role in leveraging the port’s position as an integral part of UK and Ireland supply chains, helping to develop more sustainable and reliable supply chain solutions.

The company noted that Connolly has a strong foundation in international container transportation as well as experience establishing and directing successful teams in product, sales, and customer experience.

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David Huck, Chief Operating Officer at Peel Ports Group, said: “Marcus’ experience in the global container shipping and logistics industry is second to none, while his knowledge and results-driven approach will play a vital role as we look to strengthen our operations internationally.  

“In the year ahead, our main aim is to further support cargo owners, strengthen our relationships with global shipping lines and importers, and continue to grow our presence as the UK’s second largest port operator. Marcus will play a crucial role in achieving this.”  

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Huck added: “More effective sea transport and shipping routes will offer endless opportunities for vast improvements for cargo owners, including a reduction of cost, carbon and congestion, with clear benefits. 

“Currently, 90 per cent of deep-sea containerised cargo comes into southern UK ports, yet 60 per cent of these are destined for the North. Quite simply, this makes very little sense. Marcus will use his new position to help importers better leverage the Port of Liverpool’s close proximity to major distribution centres in the North, improving operational efficiencies across the supply chain.”  

In December 2023, Ferry and port operator, Stena Line, signed a significant deal with Peel Ports Group to operate from Heysham Port for the next 77-years until 2100.

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