Mersey Maritime - A driving force for the maritime industry on merseysideMersey Maritime - A driving force for the maritime industry on merseyside

Peel Ports Group

More than ports – Shaping tomorrow, not just shipping today

Liverpool is ranked among Britain’s and Northern Europe’s major container ports and handles nearly 700,000 teus (20ft container units) a year.

The Port maintains its traditional prominence in Britain’s container trade with North America while expanding its global routes and now serves more than 100+ non-EU destinations from China to India, Africa, Australia, the Middle East and South America. Liverpool is the UK’s leading gateway for imports of grain and animal feed, for the export of recycled metal and the movement of freight between Britain and Ireland.

Other commodities handled on the 1,200 acres of operational docks on both banks of the River Mersey include timber and forest products – some of it delivered on daily trains from Germany and Italy via the Channel Tunnel – approximately 11 million tonnes of crude oil for Shell’s Stanlow Refinery in Cheshire, imports of coal amounting to 3 million tonnes a year, nearly 1 million tonnes of edible oils and fats, cocoa, steel, copper, aluminium and other metals, granite, chemicals and general cargo, plus approaching three quarters of a million people travelling on Irish Sea ferry services and the growing number of cruise ships embarking passengers and making day calls at the port.

Liverpool is planning a second container terminal to be built in the River Mersey at a cost of £100 million and able to simultaneously accommodate two of the new generation post-Panamax container ships. The new facility, capable of handling 500,000 teus a year, will almost double Liverpool’s container capacity to nearly 1,500,000 teus.

The Port’s cruise trade which has been developed from an initial 3 sailings in 1992 to 40 planned for the 2009 season, received a major boost with the official opening in late 2007, of a new cruise terminal enabling the largest ships to berth alongside Liverpool’s iconic Pier Head.

The Port of Liverpool is also home to the UK’s largest free zone, Liverpool Freeport, accommodated in more than 3 million square feet of warehousing with another 400,000 sq ft planned, bringing the port’s total logistics accommodation to more than 4 million sq ft.


Peel Ports Group
Maritime Centre
Port of Liverpool
L21 1LA

T: 0151 949 6000
F: 0151 949 6300


Royal HaskoningDHV is a global engineering and project design consultancy with 6500 staff working in 150 companies, but we’ve been something of a sleeping giant in Liverpool. We’re proud to be sponsors of Mersey Maritime. It enables us to be fully engaged in the cluster, with a place at the table and positioned as first choice company for new business opportunities within our areas of expertise.
Jamie Gray, Associate Director, Royal HaskoningDHV
I come out of Mersey Maritime’s meetings with a bit of a buzz. Lots of people with the same energy and we can see what’s ahead and we want to be ready for it, be a part of it.
Tom Coyle, Managing Director, DT Engineering Limited
Back in 2008, the average age profile of the workforce at Cammell Laird was 47; so we recognised the need to address a potential skills gap up ahead. As a result of close collaboration with Mersey Maritime we‘ve committed to a long-term training programme that has seen our apprentice numbers rise from zero to more than 100. It’s put us in a much stronger position. We’re in better shape to plan for growth, we’re fulfilling a commitment to provide jobs for young people in this region and we’re revitalising the way we run our business.
John Syvret, CEO, Cammell Laird Group
Mersey Maritime is doing so much for the community and its succession planning for business is vitally important. It’s great to see Liverpool coming back as a global player – all power to your elbow!
Simon Reynish, Chairman, CILT North West
As a founding member, Hill Dickinson is proud to support Mersey Maritime. Mersey Maritime creates and facilitates business opportunities for both its members and the wider maritime and business communities through regular networking events, lobbying and industry awards while addressing the skills gap in the maritime sector by integrating local academic resources with businesses to ensure focused training and development. Mersey Maritime has achieved so much since its inception in 2003 and continues to strive with members to ensure Merseyside’s place as the leading maritime hub.
Colin Lavelle, Legal Director, Hill Dickinson LLP
Mersey Maritime provides excellent networking opportunities, allowing people to meet people, and they do exceptionally well on training and skills. My only criticism is that companies want more!
James Douglas, ContainerPort
Mersey Maritime has brought the community together tremendously well.
Colin Kershaw, Brookes Bell
As a fledgling business with big aspirations for success, joining Mersey Maritime has been absolutely the right move for us. It’s meant we haven’t had to start from scratch, knocking on doors and trying to get access to the right people. Through Mersey Maritime, we’ve attended business events like Face-2-Face and have already been able to meet everyone who’s anyone in this region. It’s the best investment we have made this year!
John Bean, Managing Director, Geo Data Systems
Mersey Maritime is unique, there’s nothing else like it!
Phil James, Weightmans LLP


Mersey Maritime is one of Europe’s most successful maritime cluster organisations, representing the interests of over 1700 Maritime, Logistics and Energy businesses on Merseyside and beyond.

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