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Record Broken Twice For Highest Container Volume from Single Ship at Port of Liverpool

29th December 2020
The largest container terminal on the Irish Sea is located at the Port of Liverpool's deep-water container terminal of 'Liverpool2', which broke a record twice this year in handling containers from a single vessel. Also according to port operator Peel Ports, the giant gantry cranes of the terminal tower 92m high, more than four times the height of London's Tralfalgar Square Christmas Tree (20m), an annual gift from the Norway to the UK (see: Ferry News story) The largest container terminal on the Irish Sea is located at the Port of Liverpool's deep-water container terminal of 'Liverpool2', which broke a record twice this year in handling containers from a single vessel. Also according to port operator Peel Ports, the giant gantry cranes of the terminal tower 92m high, more than four times the height of London's Tralfalgar Square Christmas Tree (20m), an annual gift from the Norway to the UK (see: Ferry News story) Credit: Peel Ports Group -twitter

Across the Irish Sea at the Port of Liverpool’s deep water shipping container terminal at 'Liverpool2' located on the banks of the Mersey, is where the facility broke a record for the second time this year.

Containership MSC Tamara had docked and exchanged 5,956 TEUs, the highest number seen from a single vessel in Liverpool which took place earlier this year.

The vessel part of MSC’s new Turkey - Liverpool service, includes calls in Turkey, Spain, Portugal, France and the UK (Liverpool).

The volume of 5,956 TEUs exceeds the current record held at the Port of Liverpool, which stood at 5,460 TEUs when that first record occured in March.

The last 12 months have been a turning point for many supply chains and this has been achieved in the context of a market that has been significantly impacted by changes in global supply chains, the COVID-19 pandemic and Brexit. Its arrival signifies the current strength of the Port of Liverpool on the global trading stage.

In 2016 owner Peel Ports Group, invested £400m into the container terminal enabling it to handle the largest ships in the world, whilst supporting the UK haulage sector via the very latest landside automated gates and vehicle booking systems.

As one of the most operationally efficient and modern terminals in Northern Europe, the deep-water terminal offers ‘future-proof’ facilities, enabling global shipping companies reliable access to major import and export centres at the heart of the UK.

This is the port’s huge deep-water terminal which Afloat adds is located on the waterfront as distinct to part of the docks system.

According to Peel Ports, the giant gantry cranes at Liverpool2 stand 92m which is considerbly higher than London's Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree (20m). The unique festive cargo as Afloat previously reported was imported as a gift of the Norwegian Government to the UK.

This involved freight ferry operator DFDS transport the Norwegian Spruce across the North Sea to Immingham and then taken by road to be installed at the capital landmark.

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Jehan Ashmore

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Jehan Ashmore is a marine correspondent, researcher and photographer, specialising in Irish ports, shipping and the ferry sector serving the UK and directly to mainland Europe. Jehan also occasionally writes a column, 'Maritime' Dalkey for the (Dalkey Community Council Newsletter) in addition to contributing to UK marine periodicals. 

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