The new £300mn deepwater container terminal at Liverpool will be ready to take its first ships in 2015.
Located in the River Mersey, the Liverpool2 complex will avoid the restriction in ship size of the current terminal, which is located inside the closed dock system and can only be accessed by locks.
The new terminal, being developed to the north of the Gladstone Lock entrance, will accommodate two ships of up to 13,500teu capacity at a time. The construction programme comprises a new 854m quay wall, the in-filling of the newly created area, the dredging of a new 16.5m deep berthing area adjacent to the quay wall, the installation of ship to shore quay cranes and modern cantilever rail mounted gantry cranes.
The Port of Liverpool owners Peel Ports has named international property and infrastructure group Lend Lease as the principal contractor for Liverpool2. Peel Ports said: “Lend Lease will drive the overall programme, support operations, and will collaborate with our team in managing value together in such areas as establishing site facilities and rules, obtaining the best from the still to be named quay wall contractor, optimising the electricity solution and designs for ancillary works and ensuring the efficient and cost effective delivery of work packages.”
Peel Ports Mersey managing director Gary Hodgson said: “This facility represents a transformational project for the Peel Ports business. It will bring thousands of jobs and economic prosperity to the Merseyside region along with the rest of the North West.