The largest containership to ever call at the Port of Liverpool arrived yesterday [Monday 6 March]. The 6,552 TEU ‘HS Paris’ berthed at the Liverpool2 deep-water container terminal at 04:30.
Previously, the Port of Liverpool’s existing container terminal could only accommodate vessels up to 4500TEU. The HS Paris is the first post-Panamax vessel to call at Liverpool following the phase 1 opening of Liverpool2 in November 2016.
Mark Whitworth, Chief Executive of Peel Ports Group, said: “This is a huge milestone for Peel Ports and the Port of Liverpool. The whole team is delighted to welcome HS Paris to the city for the first time. While we have the capacity to handle vessels up to 20,000 TEU, smaller post-Panamax ships are still very much part of our overall strategy and it’s essential that can accommodate those too. We can now do that thanks to our £400m investment at Liverpool2, providing a shorter route to market for UK importers and exporters, which reduces their costs, congestion and carbon emissions.”
Peel Ports recently announced that it had secured 150 advocates for its Cargo200 initiative. The campaign calls on importers and exporters whose goods begin or end their journey in the north of the UK to switch delivery of ocean freight from south-east ports to the centrally-located Port of Liverpool. It’s estimated that the initiative could save UK plc up to £200 million by 2020. It also aims to cut freight mileage by 200 million miles by 2020.
About Peel Ports Group
Peel Ports Group is the UK’s second largest port group, owning and operating six of the UK most important ports (Liverpool, Heysham, Manchester Ship Canal, Medway (Sheerness / Chatham), Clydeport and Great Yarmouth). It also owns BG Freight shipping line and operates a container terminal in Dublin.
Peel Ports handles 65million tonnes of cargo every year, which is around 13% of the total UK major ports traffic. Over 35 shipping line services (from 26 shipping lines) call through its network of ports every week. Headquartered in Liverpool, it employs around 1,200 staff, and had revenue of £596m and EBITDA of £212m for the year ending 31 March 2016.
About the Peel Group
Peel Ports Group is part of the Peel Group, one of the UK’s foremost privately-owned investment enterprises. Our strategy embraces a broad range of sectors – land and property, transport and logistics, retail and leisure, energy and media – with assets owned or under management of more than £5 billion. Group investment policy is focused on actively managing our diverse portfolio, enhancing the quality of our assets and recycling capital over the long-term.