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Monday, November 19, 2018

Peel Ports News

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Liverpool2 to Receive New Container Services

Peel Ports’ flagship deep-water container terminal, Liverpool2, will welcome its largest regular caller to date when 2M (Maersk and MSC alliance) introduce a new transatlantic container service to the port beginning July 22, 2018.2M 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.

MV Jork (Photo: Peel Ports)

COSCO Makes Liverpool Call

The Port of Liverpool welcomed a vessel call from COSCO on Wednesday.The MV Jork called at Liverpool after a stop in Rotterdam before returning with U.K. exports. In Liverpool it unloaded mainly high value Asian goods for fast delivery into the supply chain across the U.K.The Port of Liverpool boasts a consistent truck turnaround time of less than 40 minutes, unrivaled by its peers in the South – meaning cargo is expected to be at its final destination hours after discharge on…

Left to right: Colin Mottershead, Shiphand/Tug Driver; Darrin Hyde, RTITB Trainer/Gantry Operator; Nusrat Ghani MP, Maritime Minister; Patrick Walters, Chief Operating Officer, Jo Scott, Group Head of Marketing; Emma Wilson, Digital Apprentice; Mark Reynolds, Shift Manager (Photo: Peel Ports)

Maritime Minister Visits Port of Liverpool

Peel Ports welcomed Maritime Minister Nusrat Ghani MP to its flagship container terminal Liverpool2 on Wednesday as the terminal prepares to welcome its largest regular caller to date when 2M (Maersk and MSC alliance) introduces a new transatlantic container service to the port.The Minister met with Chief Operating Officer Patrick Walters and received a tour of the port, as well as meeting with workers from varying roles across the container terminal.Walters said, “Workforce diversity is very important to us…

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Peel Ports Signs 12-year Deal with Asco

Peel Ports and offshore services firm ASCO have joined forces in a long-term strategic partnership aimed at supporting the energy sector in Great Yarmouth and promoting future sustainability for the port.By working in collaboration, the two organisations will support existing customers and attract new ones to the port by offering increased flexibility to meet the demands of the oil and gas, renewable energy and decommissioning sectors operating out of Great Yarmouth.The 12-year…

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Finalists of Mersey Maritime Industry Awards Announced

The finalists of the 2017 Mersey Maritime Industry Awards (MMIAs) have been announced. The winners will be revealed at a prestigious black tie dinner that will have a Ministerial presence and promises to bring together the best of the maritime industry right across the Maritime, Logistics and Energy spectrum in the region. The MMIAs are organised by sector representative body Mersey Maritime and the Awards recognise the excellence and diversity that exists across all sectors of the maritime industry in the North West.

New Container Service between Cork and Liverpool

BG Freight Line, a fully-owned subsidiary of Peel Ports Group, is introducing a new weekly container service between Cork and Liverpool. This is the first time the two ports have been connected directly, with the service starting on Monday 27 March. It is intended that the new route will offer greater opportunities for customers in the Republic of Ireland to make connections with the deep-sea services now calling at the Port of Liverpool, particularly from Canada, the east coast of the US and the Mediterranean.

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Greenock Ocean Terminal Aims to Double Its Business

Scotland’s deepest container terminal expects to double its business in the next five years thanks to the opening of £400million ‘sister’ terminal – Liverpool2. Owned by Peel Ports, Greenock Ocean Terminal – recognized across the world for its role in exporting goods including Scotch whisky and Scottish food stuffs – has projected that it will handle 200,000 TEU (twenty foot equivalent units) containers a year by 2021, representing a 100percent increase on today’s 100,000 units.

Captain Lawrence Aye-Manug MN Director Liverpool Seafarers Centre (LSC), Mr R Muirhead  Lord Lieutenant’s Husband, Geoff Rafferty. Director LSC, Dame Lorna Muirhead Lord Lieutenant of Merseyside, John Wilson CEO LSC, Pamela Brown Director and Vice Chairman of LSC (Photo: LSC)

Liverpool Seafarers Center to Open Eastham Hub

Maritime charity Liverpool Seafarers Center (LSC) has opened a new hub at Eastham on the Wirral. The new center is located at Queen Elizabeth II Dock, Eastham and was opened by The Lord Lieutenant of Merseyside Dame Lorna Muirhead in the presence of The High Sheriff of Merseyside, The Deputy Mayor of Wirral, The Lord Mayor of Liverpool and The Mayor of Sefton. LSC CEO John Wilson said the new £40,000 ($51,000) center will work in partnership with its headquarters at Colonsay House in Crosby to provide support to the 50,000 seafarers who pass through Merseyside’s ports each year.

Peel Ports Appoints Schaap as Container Director

Peel Ports  has appointed APM Terminals’ Jouke Schaap to head up its entire container operations. The position has been created to drive commercial opportunities focussed on the company’s network of terminals and port-centric logistics facilities. Most recently Head of Commercial for Maasvlakte 2 container terminal in Rotterdam, Jouke has overall responsibility for Peel Ports’ container businesses in Liverpool, Dublin and the Manchester Ship Canal. He took up his position in May. Peel Ports’ container terminals handled over 980,000 TEU in 2015, representing over 9% of the UK and Irish market.

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Liverpool2 Expansion Enters Phase 2

Port of Liverpool owner Peel Ports Group said it has commenced the second phase of its expansion program at the Liverpool2 terminal. Already one of the world’s most modern shipping terminals, Liverpool2 will receive further investment for equipment and port infrastructure works to expand the terminal and introduce further leading-edge port technology solutions. Now, in addition to the previous five ship to shore (STS) cranes and 12 cantilever rail mounted gantry (CRMG) cranes installed as part of Phase 1 which was opened in November last year…

MSC Pohorje at Clydeport (Photo: Peel Ports)

Peel Ports Clydeport to Host Shipping Conference in Glasgow

The team behind Clydeport, Scotland’s global deep-sea gateway, is preparing to welcome an audience of over 100 shipping industry experts to a one-of-a-kind conference this month (Thursday 28 September) at Glasgow’s iconic Science Centre Auditorium. A speaker panel consisting representatives from each touchpoint in Scotland’s import/export process will discuss how they have collaborated to improve the journey of consumer goods from Greenock to the rest of the world via the £400 million ($540 mln) Liverpool2 Terminal at the Port of Liverpool.

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Will UK Maritime Traffic Rise or Fall on Brexit?

UK container traffic will see more muted growth than expected a few months ago, at least in the short term, says Drewry. Patrick Walters, Peel Ports’ Group Commercial Director, believes that the bigger Brexit-related risk for UK container ports is a short-term negative impact on box volumes caused by economic and political uncertainty and GDP slowdown. According to the International Monetary Fund, the Brexit vote implies a substantial increase in economic, political, and institutional uncertainty, which is projected to have negative macroeconomic consequences.

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Peel Ports Applies Air Traffic Systems for Marine Ops

Air traffic control technology is to be applied to a commercial port group in the UK for the first time. Peel Ports Group, the UK’s second biggest port operator, is investing £2.7m ($3.5m) across its network of seven Statutory Harbor Authorities to streamline marine operations. The package of technologies includes vessel identification and tracking, solid-state radar and weather stations. It will be complemented by a new online booking system for its customers and a comprehensive people development program.

John McGuigan (Photo: Aberdeen Harbor)

McGuigan Named Operations Manager at Aberdeen Harbor

Aberdeen Harbor Board has appointed John McGuigan to the newly created role of Operations Manager. The role will see McGuigan plan, direct and control the full spectrum of land based operational activities within the port, while working with others, including customers, port users and the harbor’s safety department, in delivering a safe working environment for all. Having been involved in the port industry for more than 30 years, McGuigan started his career with British Steel and has since worked for Clydeport…

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BG Freight Line Orders Four Containerships

BG Freight Line, a fully owned subsidiary of Peel Ports Group, is to receive new tailor-made short sea container feeder vessels optimized for the company’s Irish Sea Hub services. The new class of ‘green’ vessels has been developed by BG Freight Line operation with ARKON Shipping as project initiator/commercial manager, technical managers Jüngerhans Maritime Services and designers CIMC ORIC. BG Freight Line will take delivery of four sister vessels under long-term charter after delivery from China’s Zhoushan Changhong International Shipyard, with them expected to enter service during 2018.

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CRMG Cranes Delivered for Liverpool2 Development

A further six cantilever rail-mounted gantry (CRMG) cranes arrived in the River Mersey on Thursday, October 6, ready for installing and commissioning at the Liverpool2 deep-water container terminal. Produced by Chinese manufacturer ZPMC, which also supplied the five ship-to-shore cranes and other CRMGs already on site, these six complete the set of 12 required for phase 1 of the terminal. Ultimately the site will have eight STS and 22 CRMG cranes as part of a £100m ($122m) equipment investment.

Gary Hodgson (left), Chief Operating Officer at Peel Ports with Transport Minister John Hayes (Photo: Peel Ports)

Transport Minister Visits Liverpool2 Development

U.K. Transport Minister John Hayes MP visited the Port of Liverpool Thursday, October 20, 2016 to view the final stages of work on phase 1 of the Liverpool2 container terminal ahead of its official opening next month. The visit provided an opportunity for the Minister to view progress since his previous visit in 2014 and to discuss with Peel Ports the importance of government investment in local infrastructure to help maximize the terminal’s contribution to the U.K. economy. The Liverpool2 project forms part of a wider £750 million investment program into biomass…

Peel Ports' Chief Operating Officer Gary Hodgson (seventh from left) with the Panamanian delegation (Photo: Peel Ports)

Panama Canal Authority, Peel Ports Form Alliance

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with major UK ports operator, Peel Ports, who own the Port of Liverpool, as the latter gears up for the formal opening of its Liverpool2 container terminal in early November. The formal agreement creates 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. The agreement was signed October 24 by Jorge L.

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Upgrade Preps Port of Heysham for Larger RoRos

A new link-span bridge at the Port of Heysham is set to increase throughput at the Lancashire port by allowing it to accommodate larger RoRo vessels operating on the Irish Sea. The £10 million investment by owners Peel Ports will create a fourth berth for freight and passenger traffic and help operators to respond more effectively to growing demand. The funding will also see a new pontoon built to support offshore crew transfer vessels, a new port entrance created and various improvements to the port IT and terminal operating systems.

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Liverpool2 Terminal Open for Business

One of the world’s most modern shipping terminals has been opened for business in the Port of Liverpool, offering a new state-of-the-art deep water gateway in the U.K. for the world’s largest containerships. Liverpool2 was officially opened Friday, November 4, 2016 by the U.K. Secretary of State for International Trade, Rt Hon Dr. Liam Fox MP, during an event attended by nearly 300 customers and stakeholders, complete with pyrotechnics and a performance by English singer Alison Moyet. “Today marks the beginning of a new era for the Port of Liverpool.

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Seatruck Reports Growth on Irish Sea

Freight ferry company Seatruck is reporting growth of more than 18pc in 2016 consolidating its position as the fastest growing operator on the Irish Sea, as more hauliers switch to its services. Seatruck chief executive Alistair Eagles said freight levels are also up 30pc in November 2016 compared to November last year. He further forecast winning even more business from hauliers switching ferry operators, following the opening of the new £125 million ($155 mln)  Bay Gateway relief road on October 31.

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Partners Eye Autonomous Vessel Technology for UK Ports

Peel Ports Group and ASV Global (ASV) have launched a partnership which will develop the use of autonomous vessel technology for U.K. port operations.The partnership kick-started with a visit from ASV’s team to the Port of Liverpool, to demonstrate the C-Cat-3, an autonomous vessel ideal for shallow survey operations.The C-Cat 3 operated in Brocklebank Dock carrying out seabed survey using a Norbit iWBMS multibeam echo sounder.The successful demonstration has led Peel Ports Group…

Containers Cranes over the River Mersey. CREDIT: (c) Jim Giddens Adobe Stock

Liverpool Port Eyes Transatlantic Expansion

Liverpool's new container terminal expects to ramp up transatlantic shipping as British companies look to deepen business ties despite concerns that the U.S. election of Donald Trump could hinder free trade, the port operator's chief said. Private group Peel Ports has invested 400 million pounds ($510 million) in transforming Liverpool's existing facility into a deep-water container terminal that can receive bigger ships. The new development opened last month. Mark Whitworth, chief executive of Peel Ports…

Mark Whitworth (left) and Andrew Percy MP Photo Peel Ports

Northern Powerhouse Partnership Meet at Liverpool

Peel Ports has hosted the inaugural meeting of the Northern Powerhouse partnership at the Port of Liverpool today (8 December). The initiative is creating a new network to help grow the Northern economy and aims to champion the area’s strengths and promote local developments. Topics at the first meeting included transport and connectivity, the government’s industrial strategy, quality of life improvements and how partners can work together to support the Northern Powerhouse programme.

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Liverpool to Lead Way in Cruise Ship Crew Welfare for Third Year

Maritime charity Liverpool Seafarers Center (LSC) has struck a deal to provide support to thousands of cruise ship crew for the third successive year at a special base at Liverpool Cruise Terminal.LSC CEO, John Wilson, said it has reached agreement with Liverpool City Council, and the cruise terminal, to operate a support center from a converted shipping container. The container has been donated by the Maersk shipping line and is positioned on the terminal near Princes Parade.Wilson was speaking as he welcomed crew from the first cruise ship of the season to arrive in Liverpool…

New rail freight service launched at Port of Liverpool. (Photo: Peel Ports)

Peel Ports Launches Rail Freight Service

A new rail freight service for containers has left the Port of Liverpool for the first time, thanks to a partnership between Peel Ports and rail freight company DB Cargo.The new service provides shipping lines, forwarders, tank operators and cargo-owners with a seamless route between the quayside at Liverpool and Scotland, in turn minimizing congestion around the Port of Liverpool. Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram officially launched the departure of the inaugural journey on Tuesday 8 May…