The STS cranes are planned to arrive in November 2019 with the overall project expected to be completed during 2021. Detailed design and preparatory civil works have already started.

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There will also be further reefer points installed to enable the terminal to handle even greater quantities of refrigerated containers at the Port of Liverpool.

Launched in November 2016, Liverpool2 is a £400m investment that provides an ocean gateway for international trade to and from the UK. The deep-water facility is capable of accommodating the world’s largest container vessels and connects road, rail and canal networks linking directly to the heart of the UK, accessing a catchment of more than 35 million people, about 53% of the UK’s population.

Mark Whitworth, CEO of Peel Ports, stated:

Since originally announcing our expansion plans we have gone on to secure some of the world’s major shipping lines as customers at the Port of Liverpool. That, and our growing customer base, is a vote of confidence in the North of England as a competitive route to international markets and a major port for global trade