UK Shipping Minister Robert Goodwill MP, has welcomed the investment being made by Peel Ports during a visit (10 March 2016) to the company’s Liverpool2 container terminal.
Once open later this year, Liverpool2 will be one of Europe’s most modern and advanced semiautomated terminals, able to accommodate virtually all of the world’s deep sea container vessels.
Marine trials are due to begin later this month, with other elements of the build coming online throughout Q2. The Liverpool2 development is part of a £650m investment by Peel Ports in the region and will add to a previous £125m investment in the National Import Centre at Port Salford, the UK’s first tri-modal inland port facility and national distribution park.
Shipping Minister Robert Goodwill said: “Merseyside has a rich maritime history and the future is looking bright thanks to major projects such as the Maritime Knowledge Hub and the deep water container terminal Liverpool2 at the Port of Liverpool. The Government will continue to offer its full support to the maritime industry, a sector which is vitally important to the UK economy.”
Speaking after the Minister’s visit to Liverpool2, Gary Hodgson, Chief Operating Officer at Peel Ports, said: “It was an honour to host the minister and to show him how construction is progressing at Liverpool2. We very much welcome his interest in how developments at and around the Port of Liverpool are attracting strong backing from cargo owners who are increasingly looking to the North-West gateway as a more efficient route to market.”
Later during his visit to Liverpool, the Minister formally opened the first phase of the new Maritime Knowledge Hub in Wirral. Operated jointly by sector development organisation Mersey Maritime and Liverpool John Moores University, the new facility will be a global centre of excellence within the UK, generating knowledge-led growth and innovation.