A new container terminal, Liverpool2, has been opened at the UK’s Port of Liverpool, which was constructed with an investment of £400m.

Opened with investments made by the port’s operator, Peel Ports Group, Liverpool2 will offer an ocean gateway for UK importers and exporters with road, rail and canal connections linking directly to the heart of the UK mainland.

Liverpool2 will complement the Port of Liverpool’s existing Royal Seaforth container terminal and will mainly handle mega ocean-going container ships.

"Liverpool2 will create a new trading gateway in the UK."

The new terminal is equipped with a new 854m quay wall, as well as five ‘megamax’ ship to shore (STS) transfer cranes and 12 quayside container handling cranes (CRMG).

Another three STS cranes and ten CRMGs will also be added to the new terminal.

Peel Ports Group CEO Mark Whitworth said: “Our investment will help global shippers to transport cargo more efficiently to their end destination with lower costs, congestion and carbon emissions. Liverpool is in the right location, providing state-of-the art facilities and technology, and offers a real competitive advantage with a shorter supply chain and providing an all-water route right to the heart of the UK via the Manchester Ship Canal.

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“Liverpool2 will create a new trading gateway in the UK. 

“We are already exploring and succeeding in creating new opportunities for UK exporters, having recently signed a significant Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to create a strategic alliance aimed at facilitating international trade and generating new business by promoting trade routes between Liverpool and the west coast of South America via the Panama Canal.”

Capable of handling one million containers annually, Liverpool2 is spread across an area of 16ha of sea land.

Furthermore, around 5,000 direct and indirect jobs are estimated to be created from the opening of the new terminal.

Image: Newly opened Liverpool2 container terminal at Port of Liverpool, UK. Photo: courtesy of Peel Ports Group.