Liverpool power outage impact was minimal

Port of Liverpool Average haulier turnarounds have been consistently below 50mins following a power outage at the Port of Liverpool. Credit: Port of Liverpool

Operations returned to normal within 36 hours at the Port of Liverpool’s container terminals following a power outage on 31 July which saw hauliers face hours of delays.

The power outage was fixed on the same day, enabling operations to resume, said the port, but the incident caused a backlog of containers and congestion for hauliers using Liverpool2, according to the Liverpool Echo. However, the port stated that while “recovery was more complex” at the GB£400m deepwater terminal, overall container volumes remain at the highest levels ever seen in the port and average haulier turnarounds have been consistently below 50mins.

A letter sent to customers by Peel Ports’ CEO Mark Whitworth, stated: “Operationally Terminal 1 returned to normal operations very quickly, and although there was a backlog, haulier turnaround times returned to below 50 minutes within 24 hrs.

“On Terminal 2 the recovery was more complex and took longer to resolve, however haulier turnaround times were also below 50 minutes within 36 hours.”

As well as the IT outage caused by the power failure, the port was also dealing with a large influx of new drivers as a result of vessels being rerouted from the Port of Felixstowe, following operational problems resulting from the implementation of a new terminal operating system (TOS) there.

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