Peel Ports has brought additional ship-to-shore (STS) cranes into operation at the Port of Liverpool’s Terminal 1.
This latest addition to the port’s infrastructure will service the needs of specific carriers such as Atlantic Container Line (ACL) and its Intra Europe services.
The two cranes that were initially commissioned in August 2021 were fully completed in January 2022 and were brought into operation to meet additional demand and future proof the Port of Liverpool’s capacity.
This investment adds to Liverpool’s current fleet of six cranes that were already in place and allows for much greater efficiency and faster turnaround times for the loading and unloading of larger container vessels.
Designed by Liebherr Container Cranes Limited, the new cranes boast state-of-the-art technology, utilising high steel and lattice boom and beam construction. Additionally, the equipment features improved functionality to ensure the highest performance is maintained consistently.
Through greater connectivity, they can also be monitored remotely to deliver optimum performance with the most efficient use of power.
Due to the Port of Liverpool’s ideal location, continued investment in sustainable growth is key for Peel Ports. The position is of strategic importance to major importers and exports as it offers great connectivity to Ireland and access to a catchment area of over 35 million people.
“Innovation and the continued investment in infrastructure and our people are at the heart of our business strategy,” said David Huck, Chief Operating Officer at Peel Ports.
“We are delighted to see these new cranes now in full operation. They represent a significant investment in our capability and highlight our commitment to ensuring the Port of Liverpool continues to provide a highly efficient service.
“Together with the completion of the final stage of development and increased capacity at Terminal 2 last year, the Port of Liverpool has never been in better shape to handle increased cargo volumes and deliver further transformational service and choice to our customers.”
The terminal operator previously told PTI it is investing significantly in the Port of Liverpool to build a more resilient UK supply chain in the wake of Brexit and the COVID-19 pandemic.
Anticipating Brexit-caused delays, Peel Ports made significant investments across its ports to ensure it had enough capacity to accommodate cargo switching routes and modes. This included increasing throughput capacities for HGV trailers, containers and storage.