Port of Liverpool welcomes largest
containership to date
THE largest containership to ever call
at the Port of Liverpool arrived on Monday, 6 March 2017. The 6,552 TEU*
'HS Paris' berthed at the Liverpool2 Deep Water Container
Terminal, at 4:30am.
Previously, the Port of Liverpool's existing container terminal could only
accommodate vessels up to 4500TEU. The HS Paris is the 1st post Panamax**
vessel to call at Liverpool, following the Phase 1 opening of Liverpool2, in
Mark Whitworth, Chief Executive of Peel Ports Group, said:- "This is a
huge milestone for Peel Ports and the Port of Liverpool. The whole team is
delighted to welcome HS Paris to the City for the 1st time. While we have the
capacity to handle vessels up to 20,000 TEU, smaller post Panamax ships are
still very much part of our overall strategy and it's essential that can
accommodate those too. We can now do that thanks to our ₤400m investment at
Liverpool2, providing a shorter route to market for UK importers and exporters,
which reduces their costs, congestion and carbon emissions."
Peel Ports recently announced that it had secured 150 advocates for its Cargo200
initiative. The campaign calls on importers and exporters whose goods begin or
end their journey in the north of the UK to switch delivery of ocean freight
from South East ports to the centrally located Port of Liverpool. It's estimated
that the initiative could save UK plc up to ₤200 million by 2020. It also aims
to cut freight mileage by 200 million miles by 2020.
* TEU means 20 foot equivalent unit, i.e.
the size of an average shipping container.
** Post Panamax is a designation within the shipping industry for vessels that
could not fit through the former Panama Canal, prior to its expansion last year.