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Maritime Minister tours Liverpool2 container base

The Business Desk

Peel Ports welcomed Maritime Minister Nusrat Ghani to its flagship container terminal Liverpool2 on Wednesday July 25.

The visit comes 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.

Mr Walters said: “Workforce diversity is very important to us, blending attributes and skills enables our people and our business to perform to their true potential.

“We are committed to increasing diversity, and this includes attracting more women to the industry and supporting their development into senior roles.

“We’re pleased that the Minister has been able to see what we are doing to support skills development, employment and international trade at this exciting time for our business.”

Ms Ghani said: “It was fantastic to see first-hand the workings of this thriving port and to meet the highly-skilled and dedicated staff who drive its success.

“Our ports play a vital role in Britain’s economy and I welcome the stellar work Peel Ports is doing to invest in infrastructure and skills for the future while attracting trade for both regional and national benefit.”

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 west-bound across the Atlantic.

The ships will load UK export cargo, such as Scotch whisky, food products and trade machinery.

The new services will also see the Port of Liverpool open up direct links with the US ports of Charleston and Savannah.

The TA2 and Colombia Express routes will use a range of vessels up to 8,500 TEU (containers). The larger vessels will call at Liverpool2 with smaller vessels using Royal Seaforth Container Terminal.

Earlier this year Peel Ports introduced a rail freight service connecting the Port of Liverpool to Scotland, in partnership with DB Cargo.

It is now the only major UK container terminal to offer tri-modal connectivity, with road, rail and water, the Manchester Ship Canal, plus short-sea shipping offering connections to Scotland and Ireland.