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Monday, 14 October 2013 (3044068)
£300m dock project enters new phase
by Tom Martin

WORK on the new £300 million Liverpool2 container terminal in Seaforth has entered a new phase as nearly 20,000 tonnes of steel is placed.

The project, which is set to be completed in 2015, will mean the in-river facility will now be capable of handling the world’s biggest container ships.

Specialist rock drilling equipment will be used to provide sockets for 329 steel piles that weigh 47 tonnes each.

These piles will then form the backbone for the new scheme and allow for a whole new generation of shipping for Liverpool.

The entire development will be built across the next two years to create the 30 metre-high quay wall – which will become the highest in Europe.

The company that is carrying out the work, Peel Ports Group, claim it will pump £5 billion of gross value into the local economy and create 5,000 jobs.

The CEO of the Peel Ports Group, which owns the Port of Liverpool, Mark Whitworth, said: “Our investment in Liverpool2 will enable deep sea vessels to call directly at the most centrally positioned port in the UK, allowing shippers to access a market of over 35 million consumers within 150 miles.

”What is genuinely exciting is the Port of Liverpool’s unique logistics proposition which capitalises on its natural geographic advantage.

“Liverpool offers an all-water route into the UK’s most populous urban area via a frequent feeder service on the Manchester Ship Canal.

”An importer can move their product from anywhere in the world to the heart of the UK – within a stones’ throw of Manchester – without touching an inch of UK road tarmac.

“That is very appealing to many businesses both for its carbon and its cost-saving advantages.”

The Port of Liverpool also serves Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland with daily scheduled services to Belfast and Dublin.

UK Chancellor, George Osborne, visited the Port of Liverpool earlier this year and said that Peel Ports’ investment in Liverpool2 was “important to the UK as a whole”.

Historically the Port of Liverpool has been restricted by its lock system to ships of no more than 4,500 twenty foot equivalent units (TEU).

This means that over the years, as container ships have got bigger, Liverpool has lost volumes to southern container ports like Southampton and Felixstowe which have the capability to handle larger vessels.

The completed quay wall will allow two vessels of up to 13,500 TEU – at this size they number some of the largest in the world - to dock simultaneously when the terminal finally opens.


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