Atlantic Container Line (ACL) has agreed a 15-year contract extension for container and roll-on roll-off (ro-ro) operations at the Port of Liverpool under 2035.
The carrier is the largest one operating at Liverpool’s Royal Seaforth Container Terminal (RSCT) and the port’s longest serving container carrier.
Peel Ports is investing at RSCT to accommodate ACL’s new fleet of G4 vessels, which are registered in the UK, widening the passage entrance to the Seafort Basin by 28 m.
In addition, the operator is investing in two ship-to-shore (STS) cranes with increased height and reach, adding capacity to the dedicated vehicle storage area to handle ACL’s growing cargo requirements.
The overall project expected to be completed during 2021.
ACL ships over 125,000 units of containers, cars and ro-ro machinery per annum, calling at Liverpool at twice each week, its fastest import and export transatlantic service.
Liverpool connects ACL’s customers in the British industrial heartland, Scotland and Ireland with North America.
Gianluca Grimaldi, president of the Grimaldi Group, which owns ACL, said: “
Mark Whitworth, chief executive of Peel Ports, said: “Liverpool’s strategic position makes it a prime gateway for transatlantic trade and will continue to be instrumental as confidence in North American trade grows.
“The investment we’ll be making in the new STS cranes will help other customers as well as ACL.”