Never a dull moment at Peel Ports which owns and operates six of the UK's major ports – Liverpool, Heysham, Manchester Ship Canal, Medway (Sheerness/ Chatham), Clydeport and Great Yarmouth.
Owner and developer of the £400m Liverpool2 deep-water container terminal, Peel Ports announced in May 2017 the appointment of APM Terminal's Jouke Schaap to head up its entire container operations.
The position has been created to drive commercial opportunities focussed on the company’s network of terminals and port-centric logistics facilities.
Most recently Head of Commercial for Maasvlakte 2 container terminal in Rotterdam, Jouke has overall responsibility for Peel Ports’ container businesses in Liverpool, Dublin and the Manchester Ship Canal. He took up his position in May.
Peel Ports’ container terminals handled over 980,000 TEU in 2015, representing over 9% of the UK and Irish market. The opening of Liverpool2 will see the annual throughput at the Port of Liverpool more than double and by 2025 it is anticipated that Liverpool’s share of the UK container market will be between 15-20%.
Mark Whitworth, Chief Executive Officer at Peel Ports, said: “We’re very pleased to have secured an individual of Jouke’s calibre to lead the next phase in the future of our container business. His experience, especially that at Maasvlakte 2, will be critical in achieving our ambitious financial and performance targets. Although Liverpool2 is obviously our flagship terminal, our overall presence around the Irish Sea is the real strength, offering cargo owners an unrivalled range of options for moving goods to and from the heart of the UK and Irish markets.”