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Sir Bobby Charlton and ‘King Kenny’ launch Liverpool2

[ June 7, 2013   //   ]

Sir Bobby Charlton and ‘King’ Kenny Dalglish pushed the button on the start of dredging and launched a dazzling display of fireworks over the site of the new terminal in the Mersey. The two footballing legends were invited to symbolise the great benefits that Liverpool2 – along with Peel Ports’ investments in port hubs along the Manchester Ship Canal – will bring to both the cities of Liverpool and Manchester.

Kenny Dalglish said, “Bobby and myself are both very proud of our adopted cities so the business and employment this will bring to the region is fantastic. Peel Ports, Liverpool2 and everyone connected deserve a lot of credit. I’m sure the venture is going to be a big success.”

Sir Bobby Charlton added: “I used to have to travel from Old Trafford to Salford for training and stopped many times to let ships from all over the world go by as they hung over the wall that was next to the road.

“Things have come a long way and this now is a really fantastic development.

“I’ve been in the area for 60 years but this is my first visit to the docks here. It’s great for the area to have something like this – John (Whittaker) and all involved should be very proud of what they’ve achieved.

 Liverpool2 will see post-Panamax vessels of up to 13,500 TEU to call directly at the Port of Liverpool when it opens in 2015 – the same year the widening of the Panama Canal is due to be completed. The deep water terminal will attract some of the world’s largest container vessels to a centrally-located UK distribution hub and a population of 35 million consumers within a radius of 150 miles.  Peel Ports’ £300 million investment will enable container ships from around the world to connect directly with the northern half of the UK and Ireland, and so serve a market estimated at around 4 million TEUs a year.

 Kenny and Bobby take the plunge

 

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