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Liverpool to handle biggest box ships yet

[ July 18, 2018   //   ]

Peel Ports’ new Liverpool2, container terminal will handle its largest regular caller to date when the 2M (Maersk and MSC) alliance temporarily switch their TA2 transatlantic service from Felixstowe on 22 July.

At the same time, Maersk Line’s Colombia Express will also start an export service from Liverpool to Newark, New Jersey.

The new services will also see the Port of Liverpool open up direct links with the US ports of Charleston and Savannah.

The TA2 and Colombia Express routes will use vessels of up to 8500teu with the larger ships calling at Liverpool2 and the smaller ones using Royal Seaforth Container Terminal.

Chief executive of Peel Ports Mark Whitworth, said: “This news demonstrates the impact which our investment in Liverpool2 has had in re-shaping UK logistics, and disrupting traditional approaches to shipping. It is also testament to the progress we’ve made at Liverpool and the efforts we’ve made to strengthen our relationships with major lines. 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.”

Managing director of MSC UK Dan Everitt, added: “MSC has been connecting Liverpool to global routes since 2001 and the Port of Liverpool is an integral part of our UK logistics network. Having Liverpool as a temporary Transatlantic alternative allows MSC, as part of our comprehensive direct Atlantic Services, to continue to offer customer access to the global market during a time of operational constraints in the UK’s port network. MSC relies on the full breadth of its UK port network to continuously evaluate the best service options for our customers.”

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