Peel Ports hires operations manager from Felixstowe

Peel Ports today announced the appointment of a new head of port operations at the Port of Liverpool.

David Huck joins from Hutchison Ports Felixstowe where he was senior manager for container terminal operations.

He will lead operational performance at Peel Port's Mersey Port facilities and take responsibility for the 16,000 vessel movements it handles each year.

Huck said: "It is evident from the wide portfolio of customers and the increasing demand for port-centric solutions within the UK, that having that capability to deliver solutions so close to major consumer conurbations and distribution centres represents a largely untapped opportunity for ports.

"Industry within the UK is starting to shift to more centrally-located terminals, largely driven from the retail and processing sectors who today require more value-added logistics and supply chain solutions. The combination of existing facilities, when aligned with the planned deep water container river terminal and the development of port-centric storage and distribution hubs along the 44-mile stretch of the Manchester Ship Canal, is exactly the gap in the marketplace that made the decision to join the group unquestionable."

Gary Hodgson, managing director of the Port of Liverpool, said: "Bringing David into the business will further drive the delivery of bottom line benefits through improvements in operational productivity and customer service. We have significant investment underway, where we are investing and harnessing an array of technical solutions which deliver improved business performance in the most cost-effective way; so this is just one element of our growth strategy.

"This year will see the turnkey delivery of a £1.6m investment in terminal operating systems including the full integration of yard carrier global positioning systems and some of the latest container operating platforms within our Royal Seaforth container terminal operation.

"We aim to be the most productive container terminal in the UK providing a range of market-driven solutions that our customers require for their growth."

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