Work led by Farrans Construction on the £17m modernisation of the Twelve Quays terminal in Birkenhead is due to be completed by January, Peel Ports and Stena Line have said.
The project, which has been ongoing for two years, will see the dock expand to service next-generation RoRo ferry vessels with facilities added that Peel and Stena said will reduce turnaround times, increase route capacity and improve health and safety by implementing one way traffic.
Twelve Quays replaced Liverpool as the city region’s main terminal for passenger and freight services to Dublin and Belfast in the early 2000s.
The revamped site is expected to be fully completed operational by January, ready to welcome Stena Line’s new fleet of E-Flexer ships that will be used on the Belfast-Liverpool route from spring 2020.
David Huck, managing director for group ports at Peel Ports, said: “The past two years have seen heavy investment in the infrastructure at Twelve Quays to offer enhanced berthing facilities for larger, more modern vessels, helping reduce turnaround times and open up opportunities to grow the region’s import and export offering by expanding capacity by 20%.
“It’s also allowed us to extend our long-term partnership with Stena Line as it takes the next steps in its major fleet investment programme, with freight and travel customers able to take advantage of faster and easier loading and unloading.”
Stena’s new E-Flexer ships are larger than today’s standard RoPax vessels and will provide freight capacity of 3,100 lane meters and the space to carry 120 cars and 1,000 passengers and crew.
Works on the Twelve Quays project include a new multi-level berth to accommodate double-deck, simultaneous vehicle access to and from vessels as well as bigger berthing facilities for importers and exporters to take advantage of the port’s connectivity.