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Once a 36 mile long symbol of the divisions between the two great neighbouring cities of Liverpool and Manchester, the Ship Canal now unites.
Originally built by the merchants of Manchester to avoid using the Port of Liverpool and moving their goods by train, the Canal now forms a vital part of Peel's new linear port stretching from the mouth of the River Mersey to the heart of Greater Manchester, providing berths and terminals for containers, coal, chemicals, oils, grain and much more.
The Port of Liverpool and the Manchester Ship Canal form a trading artery serving a region that is the UK's strongest outside London for container cargo generation and for both consumption and production of goods.
Visit the Manchester Ship Canal website