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Liverpool2 will be a Super Port for a Super City!

This year will see a phased opening of a £300 million investment for Liverpool, the City Region, the North West and the of North England. The new 2-Berth Deep Water Container Terminal at Seaforth Docks called "Liverpool2", will dramatically increase the Port of Liverpool's ability to take in more freight, allowing the largest vessels in the world to dock on the River Mersey port. Liverpool currently takes in around 31 million tonnes of freight each year, with the new Superport set to significantly increase that number.

Seaforth Docks - Port of Liverpool

The new state-of-the-art terminal will be able to dock two gigantic post-Panamax vessels, each capable of carrying up to 13,500 TEU (Twenty-foot Equivalent Units). Before the new Superport, Liverpool could only cater for 10 percent of the world's freight container ship traffic, with Liverpool2 increasing that to figure to 95 percent. This is brilliant news for our region and an almighty investment from Peel Ports. The extra jobs and money the new terminal will add to the local economy is essential for the Liverpool City Region to become self-sustainable.
Among the £300 million investment is a £100 million deal with a Chinese company based in our sister city called, Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries. The huge contract is for 5 super-sized 'Megamax' cranes which will be used to load and unload the massive freight container ships, like the one you see below. The gigantic ship-to-shore cranes travelled 18,000 miles on a specially designed ocean barge, before arriving at the new terminal in Seaforth in November. Each of the 1,600 tonne STS cranes are taller than the Liver Building, at 92 metres high. A Large Maersk Line Container Ship En Route
The new Superport is part of a huge network of docklands maintained by the Mersey Docks & Harbour Company. It is situated on the 3 mile stretch of docks from Sandon to Seaforth, with other existing waterfront docklands further up the River Mersey at Garston and Birkenhead.
Combined together, the Mersey Maritime region offers a true centre for ocean based trade which inner cities like Manchester are unable to provide for on a similar scale. The Liverpool City Region is ideally located central to the rest of the United Kingdom, giving us a huge advantage on other UK ports such as Belfast, Clyde, Forth, Bristol, Milford Haven and Grimsby.
Our perfect position can help to minimise the inland logistic cost for businesses, as we have a massive 65% of the UK population within 80 miles of our city region. Furthermore, the Port of Liverpool has 10 motorways within 10 miles of the waterway and 10 rail link terminals within the port estate. The Port of Liverpool also offers regular coastal services to Belfast, Dublin, Glasgow and the Isle of Man.

Positive Ramifications for the Liverpool City Region

The positive ramifications the new Superport will have on the Liverpool City Region and the North West as a whole should not be underestimated.
From an educational point of view, the Port Academy Liverpool is working hand-in-hand with local institutions like Sefton based Hugh Baird College, who are offering a range of educational opportunites available to new students for skills training related to the port.
Hugh Baird College already offers additional courses related to the extra services that will be required to run the new port, with courses and skills based training in Information Technology, Crane Operating, Security Services, Financial Services, Administration Services and Legal Services.
The Liverpool City Region also has a huge volume and density of large warehousing within a 70 mile radius, than any other region in the United Kingdom. All of which will benefit immensely from the new deepwater container port.

The Liverpool Superport will Significantly Increase Our Capacity

The Liverpool City Region currently has a growing economy worth over £27 billion a year. Increasing the potential of our key services will further help to grow our region's economy. At this moment in time, we are handling around 30 million tonnes of freight each year. Liverpool2 is expected to substantially increase our capacity, allowing two exceptionally large 380 metre container ships to dock at the new terminal.

The UK's Top 10 Biggest Shipping Ports

UK
Port
2013
Tonnage (M)
2014
Tonnage (M)
Percentage
Change
The UK flag for Liverpool Grimsby & Immingham 62.6 59.4 -5%
The UK flag for Liverpool London 43.2 44.5 +3%
The UK flag for Liverpool Tees & Hartlepool 37.6 39.5 +5%
The UK flag for Liverpool Southampton 35.8 36.7 +2%
The UK flag for Liverpool Milford Haven 41.1 34.3 -17%
The flag for the City of Liverpool Liverpool 31.1 31.0 0%
The UK flag for Liverpool Felixstowe 26.2 28.1 +7%
The UK flag for Liverpool Dover 25.3 27.6 +9%
The UK flag for Liverpool Forth 26.4 24.6 -7%
The UK flag for Liverpool Belfast 16.8 16.8 0%

The new Liverpool2 deepwater terminal will never sleep! As the super-sized vessels bring in containers by the thousands, including 20 and 40 foot container units, refridgerator units and tanker units. All of the containers will be stored on site, before being selected by the terminal's state-of-the-art operating system to be distributed throughout the UK.

The Port of Liverpool

The Gateway of the West!

The Port of Liverpool Building on the Pier Head For as long as Liverpool has been a city, it's had a proud tradition as being a major port. The comparisons with the early entrepreneurial visionaries that had a hand in building the "First Enclosed Commercial Wet Dock in the World" are there to see. Granted, it may be difficult to see the connection right now, it may also not be as exclusive to be a World First, but the idea to be innovative in the hope for a brighter, more successful future for our region is one that should be treated with at least a modicum of that same respect.
Liverpool was a mere backwater before the first wet dock was built, its construction helped to catapult us into a major player on the world stage. For far too long, the Port of Liverpool has failed to invest in its docklands infrastructure in the same way it did back when we were one of the major ports in the world. Since the mid 20th century, we've gradually become just one of the many ports in the UK competing for international trade, instead of being one of the top two ports, at the forefront where our fortuitous location within the UK should demand.
The new Liverpool Superport is exactly the kind of innovation we need to attract our larger piece of that pie. Without it, we are only good enough to take in 10% of the world's freight. With it, we are capable of taking in 95% of that trade. Make no mistake, this is excellent news for our region. This is the kind of innovation that carries on that same tradition which was started by those early Liverpool visionaries back in 1715!

Investment is Vital for the Mersey Maritime Region

In an age when city regions are expected to fend for themselves, this kind of investment is crucial to help drive us forward. We can now rightfully compete for a higher proportion of ocean trade. The extra revenue for the local budget will help us continue vital services that may otherwise cease to exist. As well as the other positive implications that the new deepwater terminal will bring with it, like being able to train the next generation of dock workers.

The World's Busiest Port

The Port of Shanghai's Yangshan Deepwater Seaport

Part of the 20 mile long Donghai Bridge leading to Shanghai When it comes to ports, the Port of Shanghai's Yangshan Deepwater Seaport is a colossus example. The port is located over 20 miles out at sea, it is connected to the mainland by another marvel of the age, the Donghai Bridge. The six-lane highway bridge which opened in 2005 is one of the longest cross-sea bridges in the world. It took over 6,000 workers two and a half years to build, and that's just the bridge.
The Yangshan Deepwater Seaport itself is still not finished, yet it is already the largest cargo port in the world. Although construction began on the site way back in 2002, it's not expected to be complete until 2020. With the cost of the project believed to be in the region of around £54 billion. Stretching as far as the eye can see, no words can describe the pure scale of the project. It was built initially alongside a small group of islands, it's land reclamation alone covers more area than 20,000 basket ball courts.
Shanghai is China's biggest city. The amount of TEU (Twenty-foot Equivalent container Units) our sister city's port handled in 2013 was over 33 million, that's an incredible 776 million tonnes of cargo. That number is expected to grow year by year to cope with China's growing economy. A Panoramic View of Liverpool's Sister City Port

The conclusion.

While we will never grow to rival such ports as the Yangshan Deepwater Seaport, we should do our upmost to compete with our own neighbours. London aside, we should be the biggest port in the UK. Our geographical position puts us dead centre in the United Kingdom, within 80 miles of 65% of the population. The building of the new Liverpool2 Deepwater Terminal may help us achieve that feat. At the very least, it will put us on a better standing for the future ahead.
Other projects are already being built locally as a direct consequence of the new port, such as the £92 million 3MG Mersey Multimodal Gateway in Halton. These projects are helping the Liverpool City Region to establish itself as a true Atlantic Gateway. The £300 million investment in the Superport by the Peel Group is without a doubt a huge step in the right direction for our super city region.
I'll leave you once again with the same question I pondered in a previous post! Do we want to be the city of the future, or a city stuck in the past?