Tuesday, June 28, 2016

New Container Freight Terminal at Liverpool2 Sees MSC Container Vessels the First to Dock

Berthing and Marine Trials Under Way - Now on to Cargo Handling Tests
Shipping News Feature
UK – We have for two years been following the progress of the Liverpool2 development, the new deep water container terminal along the banks of the River Mersey and now, as commissioning works get underway, owners Peel Ports have joined with Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) to begin trials at the new berths which are capable of handling two 380 metre long mega post-Panamax vessels simultaneously.

Berthing and Marine trials began last week with MV MSC Nederland arriving on Thursday June 23. This stage will be followed by a variety of cargo handling tests throughout July and August. As well as 3,007 TEU MSC Nederland, four other MSC vessels will be used during the trials – 2,668 TEU MSC Santhya, 2,768 TEU MSC Koroni, 4,340 TEU MSC Sandra and 4,355 TEU MSC Alyssa.

These vessels operate on the two MSC services currently calling at Liverpool, the North West Continent feeder service, carrying containerised cargo between Liverpool and worldwide destinations via Antwerp and Le Havre, and the Montreal Express service linking Liverpool and NWC hub ports with the Canadian port. Kelvin Wilden, Operations Director of MSC UK, commented:

“MSC has supported the Port of Liverpool for over 15 years and we’re very pleased to make our vessels available for the final commissioning stages of Liverpool2. The port is integral to us being able to offer our customers the widest port network of any line in the UK. We’re all very excited to be at the heart of the process over the coming months.”

As detailed in our article last week Peel Ports recently completed construction on weighbridges at the Port of Liverpool to help cargo owners comply with the new SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) international regulations on container weighing and Liverpool2 is scheduled to have a phased opening through the summer with the first landside phase expected to be fully operational by autumn. David Huck, Port Director, said:

“This is yet another major milestone for the project and we’re delighted to have the involvement of MSC in the initial marine commissioning and berthing trials at Liverpool2. Although the terminal has really been taking shape in recent months, seeing a container vessel alongside for the first time really brings home how much the team at Peel Ports has achieved.”

Photo: The MSC Nederland manoeuvres into position at Liverpool2.