Liverpool2 container terminal officially open
The £400m container terminal investment by Peel Ports, Liverpool2 has officially been opened at the Port of Liverpool.
Opened by the secretary of state for international trade, Rt Hon Dr Liam Fox MP on November 4, 2016, the terminal hopes to provide a state-of-the-art ocean gateway for UK importers and exporters linking directly to the heart of the UK mainland.
Mark Whitworth, CEO of Peel Port, said: “This marks the beginning of a new era for the Port of Liverpool. Our investment will help global shippers to transport cargo more efficiently to their end destination with lower costs, congestion and carbon emissions.”
“Liverpool is in the right location, providing state-of-the art facilities and technology, and offers a real competitive advantage with a shorter supply chain and providing an all-water route right to the heart of the UK via the Manchester Ship Canal.”
The new deep water facility will complement the existing Royal Seaforth Container Terminal at the Port of Liverpool, with each terminal having capacity to handle around 1m containers per year.
“Liverpool 2 will create a new trading gateway in the UK,” explained Mr Whitworth.
He added: “We are already exploring and succeeding in creating new opportunities for UK exporters, having recently signed a significant Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to create a strategic alliance aimed at facilitating international trade and generating new business by promoting trade routes between Liverpool and the west coast of South America via the Panama Canal.”
The new expanded port facility will create an estimated 5,000 jobs direct and indirect jobs, stimulate further growth in the North-west and help to rebalance the UK economy.
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