McLaughlin & Harvey has been awarded the contract to deliver the next phase of development at the Liverpool2 deep-water container terminal.
The multi-million project will significantly increase the footprint of the site and see the addition of ten cantilever rail-mounted gantry cranes (CRMGs) and three ship-to-shore (STS) cranes.
The STS cranes are scheduled to arrive in November 2019 with the overall project scheduled for completion in 2021. Design and preparatory civil works have already begun.
There will be additional reefer points installed to allow the terminal to handle greater quantities of refrigerated containers at the Port of Liverpool.
Opened in November 2016, Liverpool2 is a £400m (US$500m) investment, providing a deep-water facility capable of accommodating the world’s largest container vessels.
It connects road, rail and canal networks linking to the heart of the UK mainland, accessing a catchment of over 35m people, almost 53% of the UK’s population.
Mark Whitworth, CEO of Peel Ports, said: “Since originally announcing our expansion plans we have gone on to secure some of the world’s major shipping lines as customers at the Port of Liverpool.
“That, and our growing customer base, is a vote of confidence in the North of England as a competitive route to international markets and Liverpool as a major port for global trade.”