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Maritime minister drops in on Liverpool

[ July 26, 2018   //   ]

Fresh from her visit to London Gateway to name Hapag-Lloyd’s latest 15,000teu ship the Afif on 16 July, it was the turn of Peel Ports to welcome Maritime Minister Nusrat Ghani to its Liverpool2 container terminal on 25 July.

The visit comes as the terminal prepares to welcome its largest regular caller to date when 2M (Maersk and MSC alliance) temporarily move their transatlantic container service from Felixstowe to Liverpool. Maersk Line’s South American service, Colombia Express, will also start calling at the port of Liverpool

The Minister met with chief operating officer Patrick Walters and received a tour of the port, as well as meeting with workers from varying roles across the terminal.

Peel Ports chief operating officer Patrick Walters, said: “Workforce diversity is very important to us, blending attributes and skills enables our people and our business to perform to their true potential. We are committed to increasing diversity, and this includes attracting more women to the industry and supporting their development into senior roles. We’re pleased that the Minister has been able to see what we are doing to support skills development, employment and international trade at this exciting time for our business.”

Nusrat Ghani added: “It was fantastic to see first-hand the workings of this thriving port and to meet the highly-skilled and dedicated staff who drive its success.

“Our ports play a vital role in Britain’s economy and I welcome the stellar work Peel Ports is doing to invest in infrastructure and skills for the future while attracting trade for both regional and national benefit.”

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