Peel Ports has been recognised by the Carmen awards for its environmental commitment during the delivery of the Manchester Ship Canal project, as well as its wider investment in the North Western region.
The company has also received an innovation prize at Mersey Maritime Awards, which supports business growth in the region’s ports and maritime sector.
The ports wider projects include the development of multimodal hubs at Port Salford, Port Cheshire, Port Warrington and Liverpool2, an on-going US$430 million investment in a new deep sea container terminal.
Each project aims to significantly reduce Peel Ports’ environmental impact and freight mileage by 2020, balancing the need for additional economic capacity while committing to lower carbon emissions.
Mark Whitworth, CEO of Peel Ports, said: “We are tremendously proud of this recognition of our long-term vision to drive economic growth in a sustainable manner, creating wealth and prosperity for the UK and the North West region.
“As the balance of UK logistics is changing as more and more users are trying to minimise the use of road networks, the UK’s only major freight waterway, the Manchester Ship Canal, is witnessing a resurgence in trade.
“Our projects will provide the infrastructure that will support efforts to rebalance the economy, providing a solid backbone to the newly emerging Northern Powerhouse.
“By eliminating unnecessary road journeys, reducing others and transforming how empty equipment is repositioned, our strategy also acts to cut our reliance on fuel, its cost and associated carbon emissions.”
The number of TEU handled on the Manchester Ship Canal has increased from 4,500 to 25,190 TEU in 2015, approximately saving more than 700 tonnes of CO2.
These environmental benefits intend to support a series of interlinking projects, surrounding the development of multimodal logistics hubs between Liverpool and Manchester.
The ports Cargo200 initiative aims to reduce freight mileage by approximately 51 trillion ha over the next five years.
The move could save shippers up to $574 per container in transportation cost by delivering to the heartland of the UK.