More positive news from Peel Ports Group.
Late in July, its Liverpool2 deep-water container terminal welcomed its largest regular caller to date when 2M (Maersk and MSC Alliance) introduced a new transatlantic container service to the port.
2M is switching its TA2 service from Felixstowe to Liverpool on a temporary basis. At the same time, Maersk Line’s South American service, Colombia Express, will also start calling at the port of Liverpool, exporting UK goods to Newark.
Liverpool will be the final port of call for both weekly services as they head westbound across the Atlantic. The ships will load UK export cargo such as Scotch whisky, food products and trade machinery. The new services will also see the Port of Liverpool open up direct links with the US ports of Charleston and Savannah.
Mark Whitworth, Chief Executive of Peel Ports said: “This news demonstrates the impact which our investment in Liverpool2 has had in re-shaping UK logistics, and disrupting traditional approaches to shipping. It is also testament to the progress we’ve made at Liverpool and the efforts we’ve made to strengthen our relationships with major lines. Our objective is now to secure these or similar services in the long-term by delivering the cost, congestion and carbon emission benefits that Liverpool2 in particular will offer shipping lines and cargo owners.”
Michael Forde of Kingsland Drinks said: “As one of the largest UK wine importers, this is great news for our business. It means we’ll be able to ship more goods closer to our bottling, storage and distribution facilities in the North-west, allowing us to maintain our reliable and costeffective service for the benefit of our customers.”
Asbjorn Kops, Trade and Marketing Director of Maersk said: “After resuming a service in Liverpool two years ago, via a feeder connection, we have been able to offer flexibility to our customers in the North West region. Switching our Transatlantic service temporarily to Liverpool allows us to maintain our comprehensive UK offering with a wide range of connections to our global network.”