PORT OF LIVERPOOL PICKS UP NEW TRANSATLANTIC CONTAINER SERVICE
Liverpool2, Peel Ports’ flagship deep-water container terminal, will welcome its largest regular caller to date when 2M (Maersk and MSC alliance) introduce a new transatlantic container service to the port from 22nd July 2018.
2M is switching its TA2 service from Felixstowe to Liverpool on a temporary basis. At the same time, Maersk Line’s South American service, Colombia Express, will also start calling at the port of Liverpool, exporting UK goods to Newark.
Liverpool will become the final port of call for both weekly services as they head westbound across the Atlantic. The ships will load UK export cargo such as Scotch whisky, food products and trade machinery. The new services will also see the Port of Liverpool open up direct links with the US ports of Charleston and Savannah.
“This is a testament to the progress we’ve made at Liverpool and the efforts we’ve made to strengthen our relationships with major lines…”
Mark Whitworth, Chief Executive of Peel Ports told Invest Liverpool about the move: “This news demonstrates the impact which our investment in Liverpool2 has had in re-shaping UK logistics, and disrupting traditional approaches to shipping.
“It is also testament to the progress we’ve made at Liverpool and the efforts we’ve made to strengthen our relationships with major lines. Our objective is now to secure these or similar services in the long-term by delivering the cost, congestion and carbon emission benefits that Liverpool2 in particular will offer shipping lines and cargo owners.”
Earlier this year Peel Ports introduced a rail freight service directly from the Port of Liverpool in partnership with DB Cargo. It is now the only major UK container terminal to offer tri-modal connectivity, with road, rail and water, the Manchester Ship Canal, plus short-sea shipping.
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