Liverpool city region’s success was built on the power of its port and maritime trading businesses.
As Britain’s Atlantic Gateway, Liverpool has welcomed people and products from across the oceans and waved its farewells to those looking to build new lives in the new world. As the UK Government foolishly negotiates its way out of our largest trading relationship with Europe, new opportunities on the North West coast may well be opening.
The £400m Investment in the Port of Liverpool has seen the bright-red Megamax cranes become a feature of the waterfront in the same way the Albert Dock would have become 200 years earlier.
The Port of Liverpool now has the capacity to handle 95% of the world’s mega-ships, capable of bringing goods and cargo into the heart of the UK through the deep water terminal at Seaforth. The ship to shore cranes can simultaneously unload TWO 13,500TEU container ships.
Today, nearly 80% of shipped cargo into UK still arrives in the southern ports of Southampton, Felixstowe and others, but more than 60% of that cargo is destined for destinations north of Birmingham.
Utilising the facilities in Liverpool would not only reduce costs, tackle trucking and transport congestion but provide new jobs in warehousing and logistics in the region.
Liverpool’s port success was also matched by Birkenhead’s prowess in ship-building and professional services for the maritime industries. Today, Cammell Laird still fits and repairs ships as well as a growing range of engineering and manufacturing services.
Later in 2018 we hope to see the launch of SS Sir David Attenborough, the Arctic exploration vessel being completed at the Birkenhead yard. The SS Sir David Attenborough is the largest non-military vessel to be built in UK for a generation and there is quiet optimism that the government will reward the yard when it awards the next order for more than a billion pounds worth of 31e Class Frigates later this year.
Now, with a new Maritime Knowledge Hub being developed in association with Peel Ports, John Moores University, Wirral Council and Mersey Maritime, we are looking to encourage economic growth and investment in a new range of maritime technologies and businesses.
Consultant at Liverpool Business News – www.lbndaily.co.uk
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