Peel Ports has launched the search for a contractor to provide £40m of infrastructure and ancillary works at its Liverpool 2 container terminal under construction in the Mersey.
The £300m terminal is designed to enable Liverpool to handle larger modern container ships, many of which currently use southern container ports such as Southampton and Felixstowe which have the capability to handle larger vessels.
The terminal will be large enough to handle post-Panamax – wider than the Panama Canal's locks – vessels of up to two 13,500 containers at a time and is expected to open at the end of 2015.
Lend Lease was named the principal contractor for Liverpool 2 in 2012. Farrans Construction won the dock-widening project in 2013, and Zhenhua Heavy Industries Co of Shanghai signed a contract in April to build 30 giant cranes to serve the port.
The latest contract includes creating the foundations for the cranes as well as road barriers, surfacing for the container yard, quayside areas, and loading lanes.
The project is funded by the European Investment Bank and Peel Ports' bank.
The deadline for expressions of interest is 15 July 2014.