In 2005 the port’s Royal Seaforth Container Terminal handled a total of 626,000 teu. Since the beginning of 2006 it has attracted three new North Atlantic container services, consolidating Liverpool’s position as the UK’s leading port for trade with the USA and Canada. The terminal’s owner, Peel Ports Group, has additional investment plans, including the amalgamation of the coastal container terminal into the deep-sea terminal and the creation of another 500 teu of slots on the container park.
The Port is also currently awaiting the outcome of a public enquiry into plans to build a post-Panamax container terminal at the mouth of the River Mersey, in anticipation of the North Atlantic trade switching to the larger generation of container ships. The development would almost double Liverpool’s container capacity, and would also allow it to keep pace with growing volumes of trade from other parts of the world.