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Peel presses the button for Liverpool2, stage two

[ July 17, 2017   //   ]

Peel Ports Group, owner of the Port of Liverpool, has pressed the button on the second phase of its £400m Liverpool2 scheme.

The latest phase will include the installation of a further three ship to shore cranes (STS) and 10 cantilever rail mounted gantry cranes (CRMG). These will add to the previous five STS cranes and 12 CRMG cranes installed in Phase 1 and opened in November last year.  Liverpool2 will then be able to unload two 380m vessels simultaneously.

There will also be additional reefer points installed.

Peel Ports chief executive, Mark Whitworth, said: “This is an important step in the development of Liverpool2 and reflects our confidence and our long term commitment to positioning the North of England as a competitive route to international markets and a major port for global trade.

“The development of the project programme is now well underway. We are currently preparing the outline designs and would look to be in a position to appoint construction partners in spring of next year, with a view to commencement of construction shortly after. We anticipate a completion date for Phase 2 in 2019.”

He said the “world class” facilities “will allow us to capture and grow a greater share of the container market, offering cargo owners in the north of the country a more competitive route to market, getting their goods closer to their end destination.”

He also added: “We are in a good place in our discussions with shipping lines; there are more opportunities on the horizon at the Port and our confidence is high as a result.”

Peel Ports Group announced earlier this year that it had secured over 200 signatories for its Cargo200 initiative – a campaign calling on importers and exporters whose goods are destined for the North of England to switch delivery of ocean-freight from south-east ports to the Port of Liverpool.

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