Atlantic Container Line (ACL) and Peel Ports have struck a deal with GE Transportation to ship, handle and deliver four locomotives to rail freight operator Freightliner.
Two of the four GE PowerHaul locomotives, which weigh 123 tonnes, have already arrived after being shipped by ACL from the US to Liverpool.
They are built in Pennsylvania and moved by rail to New York where they are loaded onto an ACL vessel that operates a weekly transatlantic service.
On arrival in Liverpool the locomotives are moved on a trailer to the Liverpool Container Terminal rail head where they are lifted by crane onto the track. They are then moved to Crewe where they are prepared for service.
Ian Higby, managing director of ACL said: "The strength of the ACL North Atlantic service to Liverpool is that we bring a liner service with all the advantages of regularity, reliability and safety to cargo, which may have had to be transported in expensive break bulk or heavy lift vessels.
"We are very pleased that we have been able to demonstrate to Freightliner and to GE that we have the capability and expertise to look after their valuable locomotives and deliver them safely and soundly to Liverpool. We look forward to delivering the next three and more."