Transport Minister, Andrew Jones MP, visited the Port of Liverpool today to view the latest developments at Liverpool2 as the terminal approaches its opening.
The minister, who has responsibility for the strategic roads network and ports, received a tour of the site during a visit to the city.
Mr Jones said: “The container shipping industry plays a vital role in the UK’s economy, whether putting goods on shop shelves or in helping UK businesses to manufacture and export their products. It is also vital to job creation and skills development in the region.”
The £300 million Liverpool2 construction program comprises a new quay wall, land reclamation to create the 16 hectare site, dredging of a new 16.5m deep berthing pocket, installation of eight 24-wide ship-to-shore quay cranes and 22 cantilever rail mounted gantry cranes, and associated supporting infrastructure works.
Liverpool2 is to have a phased opening, with marine trials beginning soon and other elements of the semi-automated terminal coming online throughout Q2 of 2016.