In Sea Breezes in recent months we have carried a few pieces on the exciting Liverpool2 development.
Recently the President of one of India’s most influential business organisation has endorsed the new deep water container port project at the Port of Liverpool in north-west UK for its potential to help improve bilateral trade relations.
During a two-day visit to Liverpool, Mr Ram Bhogale, representing the Maharashtra Chamber of Commerce, received a tour of the site and saw at first-hand the technological innovations taking shape at the £300m development which is due to open in 2015.
Maharashtra Chamber of Commerce is one of India’s largest and most active business organisations, and has been promoting commercial interests locally and internationally for around 87 years. The state of Maharashtra is India’s largest, with a population of 110m. Its capital, Mumbai, is home to the headquarters of India’s major banks, financial institutions and insurance companies. Bollywood and other film and television industries are based in the state.
Mr Bhogale is also Chairman of leading manufacturer AITG, a group of companies with an annual turnover of around INR4,000,000,000 which manufactures a range of products including motorbike components, consumer durables and hospital equipment.
Mr Bhogale said: “You need a visionary to change traditional thinking and there is a need to shift paradigms if you are to create new business models. The Peel Group exhibits that visionary thinking with a passion to shift paradigms.
“In the Indian manufacturing industry we always say that breakthrough innovation will increase the competitiveness of industry. The logic behind the deep sea container port, Liverpool2 is not only an example of breakthrough innovation but could qualify as disruptive innovation.
“There is an opportunity for India to deliver goods into densely populated areas of the UK at a reduced distribution cost which in turn opens up new opportunities. We are looking forward to Liverpool2 being operational so that we can tap into these opportunities.”
Peel Ports is part of The Peel Group, one of the UK’s leading infrastructure, real estate and investment companies. Its business portfolio ranges from airports to energy, and includes flagship developments such as MediaCityUK and Trafford Centre in Manchester, and a controlling interest in Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire.
Liverpool2 will be the most central deep water container terminal in Great Britain and will offer companies shipto- door access to the majority of UK consumers via some of the world’s biggest container ships.