UK Shipping Minister Robert Goodwill MP has welcomed the investment being made by Peel Ports during a visit to the company’s Liverpool2 container terminal.
Once open later this year, Liverpool2 will be one of Europe’s most modern and advanced semi-automated terminals, able to accommodate virtually all of the world’s deep sea container vessels.
Marine trials are due to begin later this month, with other elements of the build coming online throughout Q2.
Speaking after the Minister’s visit to Liverpool2, Gary Hodgson, Chief Operating Officer at Peel Ports, said: “It was an honor to host the minister and to show him how construction is progressing at Liverpool2. We very much welcome his interest in how developments at and around the Port of Liverpool are attracting strong backing from cargo owners who are increasingly looking to the North-West gateway as a more efficient route to market.”
The Liverpool2 development is part of a £650 million investment by Peel Ports in the region and will add to a previous £125 million investment in the National Import Centre at Port Salford.
The project is an extension to the Seaforth Dock container terminal, built by Peel Ports, that is scheduled to be operational in 2016. The terminal extension will be able to accommodate two post-Panamax vessels simultaneously.
The terminal is being built on reclaimed land using material dredged from the River Mersey. The dredged material provides the necessary clearance in the approach channels for visiting ships.