Monday, 17 July 2017

PEEL PORTS COMMENCES SECOND PHASE OF LIVERPOOL2



Pic: The Liverpool2 Phase 2 development area
Peel Ports Group, owner of the Port of Liverpool, has pressed the button on the second phase of its expansion programme at Liverpool2, already one of the world’s most modern shipping terminals. The company is to invest in equipment and port infrastructure works to expand the terminal and introduce further leading-edge port technology solutions.
This latest phase will include the installation of a further three ship to shore cranes (STS) and 10 cantilever rail mounted gantry cranes (CRMG). These will add to the previous five STS cranes and 12 CRMG cranes installed as part of Phase 1 which was opened in November last year.  Liverpool2 will have the capacity to manage the unloading of two 380m vessels simultaneously.
There will also be additional reefer points installed to allow the terminal to handle even greater quantities of refrigerated containers at the Port of Liverpool.
Launched in November 2016, Liverpool2 represents a £400m investment that provides a state-of-the-art ocean gateway for international trade to and from the UK. The deep water facility is capable of accommodating the world’s largest container vessels and connects road, rail and canal networks linking directly to the heart of the UK mainland, accessing a catchment of over 35 million people, almost 58% of the UK’s population.
Mark Whitworth, CEO of Peel Ports said: “This is an important step in the development of Liverpool2 and reflects our confidence and our long term commitment to positioning the North of England as a competitive route to international markets and a major port for global trade.
“The development of the project programme is now well underway. We are currently preparing the outline designs and would look to be in a position to appoint construction partners in spring of next year, with a view to commencement of construction shortly after. We anticipate a completion date for Phase 2 in 2019.
“The world class facilities which we have at Liverpool2 will allow us to capture and grow a greater share of the container market, offering cargo owners in the north of the country a more competitive route to market, getting their goods closer to their end destination.
“We are in a good place in our discussions with shipping lines; there are more opportunities on the horizon at the Port and our confidence is high as a result.”
Peel Ports Group announced earlier this year that it had secured over 200 signatories for its Cargo200 initiative - a campaign calling on importers and exporters whose goods are destined for the North of England to switch delivery of ocean-freight from south-east ports to the Port of Liverpool. The port operator evidenced that by making the change, UK plc will save around £400m a year as well as cut inland freight mileage by 200 million miles by 2020.
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More giant cranes for Liverpool waterfront as Liverpool2 expands

Port boss says discussions with shipping lines going well

Three more giant cranes are set to be installed at the Port of Liverpool after Peel Ports announced another expansion. 
The five existing giant red cranes at the £400m Liverpool2 terminal in Seaforth have been landmarks on the Mersey ever since they arrived in 2015. 
Liverpool2 was built to allow the Port of Liverpool to welcome the world’s biggest container ships.
It has not yet welcomed many ships, which owner Peel Ports says it because it takes time to persuade cargo firms to move their services.
The terminal has also been hit by a sinkhole which opened up there earlier this year and which is now being repaired. 
But the company is so confident those ships will come that it has decided to move ahead with the second phase of the development.
That will include another three of the giant “ship to shore cranes” on the waterfront, taking the total to eight. Each of those cranes is almost as tall as the Royal Liver Building.
Another 10 smaller cranes will be installed behind, to add to the 12 already there.
Peel Ports chief executive Mark Whitworth said: “This is an important step in the development of Liverpool2 and reflects our confidence and our long term commitment to positioning the North of England as a competitive route to international markets and a major port for global trade.
“The development of the project programme is now well underway. We are currently preparing the outline designs and would look to be in a position to appoint construction partners in spring of next year, with a view to commencement of construction shortly after. We anticipate a completion date for Phase 2 in 2019.
“The world class facilities which we have at Liverpool2 will allow us to capture and grow a greater share of the container market, offering cargo owners in the north of the country a more competitive route to market, getting their goods closer to their end destination.
“We are in a good place in our discussions with shipping lines; there are more opportunities on the horizon at the port and our confidence is high as a result.”
In February, the ECHO reported that a giant sinkhole had opened up at the port. Peel has since said that port operations were unaffected by the sinkhole and that repair work on the hole would be completed by August.



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