Port of Liverpool adds cranes in £400m expansion project



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Peel Ports Group, owner of the Port of Liverpool, has added four new cantilever rail-mounted gantry (CRMG) cranes, opening up an additional 15 acres of yard capacity, as part of the £400m Liverpool2 project.

The ongoing expansion of the Port of Liverpool, the UK’s only west-facing deep-sea terminal, is being carried out in partnership with global terminal business, Terminal Investment Limited Sarl (TiL).

Once completed it will provide shipping companies reliable access to major import and export centres at the heart of the UK, to further increase capabilities and support increased demand.

David Huck, managing director at Peel Ports, said: “The majority of the UK and Ireland live closer to the Port of Liverpool than to Felixstowe, London and Southampton, and this represents a catchment of over 35 million people.

“The Port of Liverpool’s strategic location provides reliable access to major import and export centres at the heart of the UK, and an unrivalled connectivity to Ireland via our Irish Sea Hub.”

Intended to help increase throughput and productivity at the port, the new cranes join 12 existing CRMGs and eight ship-to-shore (STS) cranes at Liverpool2, all of which were supplied by Chinese manufacturer Zhenhua Heavy Industries Co (ZPMC), and delivered in phase one of the project. 

Later this month, work on the third and final phase of the landside project is expected to be fully commissioned. This will see an additional five acres of yard capacity and another six CRMGs added. Over 150 new skilled jobs are being added on Merseyside.