The Port of Liverpool’s Terminal 1 Container Capacity Increases by 30% as New Cranes Become Fully Operational

The Port of Liverpool announces its new additional cranes are now fully operational and deliver a 30% uplift in quayside capacity at Terminal 1.

Peel Ports has now completed the commissioning of additional ship-to-shore container cranes at the Port of Liverpool’s Terminal 1, which will service the needs of specialist carriers such as Atlantic Container Line (ACL) and their intra Europe services operated by containerships BG Freightline, WEC and Borchard XPS.

The 12-week commissioning programme was fully completed in January 2022 and is operator’s latest investment to meet additional demand and future proof the Port’s capacity.

This investment by Peel Ports sees an additional two cranes added to the six already in place which allow for much greater efficiency and faster turnaround times for the loading and the discharging of taller container vessels.

Using the latest state of art technology, the new cranes utilise high tensile steel and lattice boom and beam construction and are designed and built by Liebherr Container Cranes Limited. The highly efficient cranes feature improved functionality to ensure the highest performance is maintained consistently. The new cranes also have greater connectivity, so they can be monitored remotely to deliver optimum performance with the most efficient use of power.

The announcement comes on the back of last year’s successful completion of its second phase of investments for Terminal 2, where the port operator welcomed ten new cantilever rail-mounted gantry (CRMG) cranes which led to the opening of an additional 15 acres of yard capacity, as part of the £400 million Liverpool2 project.

With the majority of the UK and Ireland’s population closer to The Port of Liverpool, rather than southern ports, continued investment in securing sustainable growth is key for Peel Ports.

The location of the Port is of strategic importance to major importers and exporters of goods as it offers unrivalled connectivity to Ireland and access to a catchment area of over 35 million people.

David Huck, Chief Operating Officer at Peel Ports saidInnovation and the continued investment in infrastructure and our people are at the heart of our business strategy. We are delighted to see these new cranes now in full operation. They represent a significant investment in our capability and highlight our commitment to ensuing the Port of Liverpool continues to provide a highly efficient service.

“Together with the completion of the final stage of development and increased capacity at Terminal 2 last year, the Port of Liverpool has never been in better shape to handle increased cargo volumes and deliver further transformational service and choice to our customers.”