Liverpool's Container Terminal capacity upped by 22%
With an additional 5,000 ground slots in place by October peak season
For Immediate Release - 03 September, 2010
The Port of Liverpool's Royal Seaforth container terminal will have 5,000 additional ground slots in use by the end of next month, it was revealed today (Friday Sep 3).View larger imageRoyal Seaforth container terminal will have 5,000 additional ground slots
Expansion of the terminal's capacity comes on the back of strong growth, and an immediate pay-off from the recent £1.1m investment in cutting edge operational IT investment which has led to a 30% improvement in vehicle turnaround times.
David Huck, Head of Port Operations at the Port of Liverpool said: "Already 2010 has seen significant advances in our productivity, and we are growing accordingly. We have increased our stacking area by some 22%, and now by the end of October we will have on stream an additional 5,000 ground slots.
"The coming months will see the Port delivering further increased operating capacity, integrated landside and shipside operations and the second phase of our SMART VBS, creating the seamless and efficient operation that our growing base of customers require.
"The message to the industry is clear the Port of Liverpool is on a upward curve, supported by extensive investment in our operational systems, processes, technology and our people in response to continued growth. We are very much aware that we need to continually support that growth by bringing online further operational capacity, and to do this in line with demand is key."
Stephen Carr, Head of Business Development at the Port of Liverpool said: "Liverpool is quickly becoming the port of choice for many supply chains, not just due to the savings that can be made in inland transport costs and emissions, but because of our focus on generating a reliable service that eliminates delay.
"Liverpool now records the fastest turnaround times of any UK port with 95% of truck drivers processed though the Port within an hour, and 65% within 30 minutes.
"We have a long-term investment plan that delivers increased capacity in phases over the next 18 months along with the in-river Post-Panamax terminal, which will be operational in 2014."
Peel Ports has delivered a number of successes in the first half of 2010 including increasing capacity on the barge service provided along the Manchester Ship Canal by the introduction of a double barge, adding additional services into the Port of Liverpool's container terminal and integrating the offers of Liverpool and Manchester, creating a 44-mile stretch of waterfront reaching into the heart of the UK and major population areas.
Together, the Port of Liverpool and Manchester Ship Canal handle more than 40 million tonnes of cargo and 16,500 ship movements a year making the River Mersey Britain's third busiest estuary.
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