Peel Ports has announced the start of the procurement phase for the construction of its new deep-water container terminal at the Port of Liverpool, Exim News Service reports.
It was revealed that the landmark terminal, which will bring some of the world’s largest containerships to the Mersey, will be branded Liverpool 2. It will be open for business in 2015, providing shippers and lines with a new and direct route to the heart of the UK from all major markets, including India and the Far East.
The new terminal will accommodate two vessels of up to 13,500 TEUs at a time. It will allow shipping lines to connect to the UK’s major trade centres in the most cost-efficient manner, highlighted an official release.
It will also facilitate improved transhipment links to Ireland and Scotland through Liverpool’s existing services, allowing shipping lines to benefit from lower cost, reduced transit time and higher frequency service whilst enabling an equalisation of equipment imbalances that exist around the British Isles.
Liverpool is located in the heart of a major trading region in the UK, with 50 per cent of containers coming into the UK having end destinations closer to the Port of Liverpool than to ports in the south of England.
Importers and exporters will also benefit as the terminal will enable a much cheaper route to market whilst simultaneously reducing the carbon footprint of the total journey. These benefits arise from the significant reduction in land-based mileage that result from the container terminal being located in the centre of the British Isles.
Liverpool 2, which will have an estimated overall cost in excess of £ 300 million, is the key project in the Mersey Ports Master Plan, the 20-year vision for growth and future development at the Port of Liverpool and on the Manchester Ship Canal—launched by Peel Ports last summer.
The development consists of the construction of a new deep-water container terminal in the River Mersey, thus avoiding the vessel size restrictions of the current container terminal.
Liverpool 2 will connect directly to a number of port-centric logistics hubs along the Manchester Ship Canal via barge, resulting in the development of the UK’s first "green logistics hub" which will reduce costs, congestion and carbon footprint for businesses located in the North West of England, serving the north of the UK.
This will allow global shippers access to the UK’s major import centres via the most economic and lowest carbon route and provide northern-based exporters with a more competitive route to market.
The R. J. Gandhi Group’s Hans Maritime Services Pvt. Ltd represents the Port of Liverpool in the country.