Liverpool2, the Port of Liverpool’s deep-water container terminal, has broken a new terminal record after a boat docked and exchanged 5,400 containers, the highest number seen from a single vessel since the port opened in 2016.
The vessel was MSC Federica, part of MSC’s Turkey Canada service, which includes calls at Montreal, Liverpool, Sines, Valencia, Barcelona and Tekirdağ amongst other terminals. This service directly links Liverpool to the Far East.
According to owner Peel Ports, the arrival signifies the current strength of Liverpool on the global trading stage, following the £400m investment in Liverpool2 to enable it to handle the largest ships in the world.
David Huck, managing director at Peel Ports, said: “This record is a testament to the investment we’ve put in to ensure state-of-the-art technology, including our five ship-to-shore cranes and 12 cantilever rail mounted gantry cranes to help make our world-class staff as efficient as possible. At difficult times like these, businesses want to know that their supply chains are able to cope with the increased demand and this demonstrates that the Port of Liverpool is ready to meet their needs.”
Peel Ports, in conjunction with Terminal Investment, is continuing to develop the deep-water terminal, with the arrival of a further three ship-to-shore cranes which are being commissioned. The port will also soon see a further 10 CRMG cranes, which will increase the capacity of the terminal, making it capable of managing the unloading of two 380m vessels simultaneously.
Work on this second phase of the project has already started and is expected to be completed during 2021.