Peel Ports is to spend £3m improving its steel terminal at the Port of Liverpool's Gladstone dock.
The improved facility will use CareGo software and crane automation technology to help make the supply chain at the port more efficient. An interactive customer web portal will offer instant access to the ordering process, real time stock availability, coil selection and a vehicle booking system.
Gary Hodgson, managing director of Peel Ports, said: "This is a particularly exciting investment for Peel Ports because it puts us at the leading edge of steel storage and distribution. No other port in the UK is currently able to offer a comparable service.
"Coupled with the Port of Liverpool's advantageous location in terms of its proximity to UK manufacturing, we are confident that we are making a very important investment that will ultimately offer our customers substantial cost benefits."
The Liverpool Steel Terminal will open for business in April 2013.