Monday, October 17, 2016

Liverpool Port Expands with New Appointments and Container Freight Handling Equipment

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Shipping News Feature
UK – The Port of Liverpool of course has a long history and has played a major part in world trade for centuries. Now Peel Ports, the operator, have announced new staff appointments and the arrival of handling equipment that the Peel says will ensure that Liverpool continues to do so. Peel Liverpool has taken delivery of a further six cantilever rail-mounted gantry (CRMG) cranes at its new Liverpool2, £300m deep-water container terminal, due for completion in 2016.

Produced by Chinese manufacturer ZPMC, which also supplied the five ship-to-shore cranes and other CRMGs already on site, these six complete the set of 12 required for phase 1 of the terminal which stands on the site of the old Seaforth facility, details of the full order were covered in our story two years ago. Ultimately the site will have eight STS and 22 CRMG cranes as part of a £100m equipment investment. Mark Whitworth, chief executive of Peel Ports, said:

“These cranes are the final major piece of the infrastructure jigsaw as we approach the formal opening next month. Liverpool2, supported by our wider logistics offering and the port’s strategic location, will provide many shippers with a route to UK and Irish markets that helps them to cut costs, congestion and carbon emissions.”

The company also announced the appointment of Amanda Harvey as Head of Bulk Terminal Operations (Mersey) and Rachel Hinton as the Head of Sales (Mersey).

Amanda joins the business from Hermes Logistics and has worked for Sainsbury’s and B&M Retail in management roles. As well as agri-bulks she will be responsible for the teams managing biomass, rail and dry bulks.

Rachel also has a strong supply chain and commercial background most recently at Flextronics as their Business Unit Director supporting a number of strategic accounts including Sony and Hewlett Packard. She will be responsible for sales activities across all commodity groups. Her team is also responsible for Peel Ports’ multi-user warehousing sales. Speaking of the appointments David Huck, Port Director, said:

“The logistics sector is changing and our business is growing rapidly. That calls for a fresh approach from the next generation of supply chain leaders, so we’re delighted to have secured these two appointments as we look to expand our operations further. Although much of the focus around our company just now is on the Liverpool2 terminal, containers are only one of the diverse cargos that we handle, so it’s essential that we maintain our position as industry leaders in those other sectors. Amanda and Rachel will help us to do that and we are very pleased to have them on board.”