Liverpool 2 open for business

Peel Ports’ £300m Liverpool 2 container terminal is due to be opened today by the Secretary of State for International Trade, Liam Fox MP, and will begin to handle the biggest cargo vessels in the world.

The new deep water facility will complement the Royal Seaforth Container Terminal at the Port of Liverpool, with each terminal having capacity to handle around one million containers each year. The Port is already the country’s biggest transatlantic port with a 45% market share, and the only major container port in the North or West of the UK.

Liverpool 2, which is one of the UK’s largest private sector infrastructure projects, was developed in response to changing trading patterns and shipping industry trends towards the use of ‘mega’ ocean-going container ships.

Mark Whitworth, chief executive of Peel Ports, said: “Today marks the beginning of a new era for the Port of Liverpool. Our investment will help global shippers to transport cargo more efficiently to their end destination with lower costs, congestion and carbon emissions. Liverpool is in the right location, providing state-of-the art facilities and technology, and offers a real competitive advantage with a shorter supply chain and providing an all-water route right to the heart of the UK via the Manchester Ship Canal.

“Liverpool 2 will create a new trading gateway in the UK. We are already exploring and succeeding in creating new opportunities for UK exporters, having recently signed a significant Memorandum of Understanding to create a strategic alliance aimed at facilitating international trade and generating new business by promoting trade routes between Liverpool and the west coast of South America via the Panama Canal.”

Liverpool currently has around 8% of the container market in the UK. Peel is hoping this will rise to between 15% and 20%.

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Massive news.

By John.

That’s a huge increase in trade with immense opportunities for Merseyside and North West companies. A momentous day in the history of the Port of Liverpool too!

By Alfie

More reasons for HS2 to go direct to Liverpool, a key city

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By Mary Smiley

There’s little doubt Liverpool will be connected to the high-speed rail network. The benefits for northern freight alone is ample justification. Liverpool is key to the North’s prosperity, easily as much as any other northern city, and the extra miles from HS2’s Mersey crossing are very few indeed.

By Alfie

You can feel something in the air of the City at the minute, it’s almost electric. The unfaltering optimism and self-belief in the City from its residents, leadership, and business owners, is finally pushing us in a direction where we are starting to open the doors that will lead to our true potential. Liverpool2 will no doubt further assist with this. Exciting times indeed.

By L123

John and George would be proud.

By Winston

It’s great news, though there was a missed opportunity for the crane operator with Dr. Fox roaming about on the quayside.

By Gene Walker

Great facilities, ready for imports/exports to/frrom Asia and beyond, great opportunities await us!

By Man on bicycle

Great news especially if there is increased synergy with the MSC and Salford up stream .
Lets hope once established there is no return to the strike culture of the seventies.

By don draper

Draper it’s 2016 don’t be so negative ?

By Super

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