Peel Ports Group, owner of the Port of Liverpool, has launched the second phase of its expansion programme at Liverpool2.
The company is to invest in equipment and port infrastructure works to expand the terminal and introduce further port technology solutions.
This latest phase will include installing a further three ship-to-shore cranes (STS) and 10 cantilever rail mounted gantry cranes (CRMG). These will add to the five STS cranes and 12 CRMG cranes installed in Phase 1 which opened in November last year. Liverpool2 will have the capacity to unload two 380m vessels simultaneously.
There will also be additional reefer points installed to allow the terminal to handle even greater quantities of refrigerated containers at the Port of Liverpool.
Launched in November 2016, Liverpool2 represents a £400 million (US$524 million) investment that provides a state-of-the-art ocean gateway for international trade to and from the UK. The deepwater facility can accommodate the world’s largest container vessels and connects road, rail and canal networks linking directly to the heart of the UK mainland, accessing a catchment of over 35 million people, almost 58 per cent of the UK’s population.
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.”
He said that Liverpool2 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”.
The port anticipates a completion date for Phase 2 in 2019.