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Port of Liverpool could handle world's biggest container vessels

2nd December, 2013

The Port of Liverpool could increase trading links with countries across Asia by handling some of the biggest ships in the world.

Owner Peel Ports is building the £300m Liverpool2 terminal at Seaforth which will be able to handle post-Panamax vessels when it opens in 2015.

Liverpool2 is in response to fleets of bigger container ships being built linked to the widening of the Panama Canal trade route.

But an event organised by Mersey Maritime heard that a second phase of the project will mean the port could handle even larger ships than post-Panamax vessels.

Bernard Molloy, chairman of the Liverpool SuperPort committee, was speaking at November's 'Face-2-Face' event and addressed an audience from across the sector, as well as a wider cross-section of members engaged in activity, including legal, manufacturing and sport.

He said: "From 2015, Liverpool will be able to handle some of the world's largest ships which means we will be able to bring vessels in from China and across Asia.

"Mexico is also set to become a major shipper, particularly for the engineering sector, while the widening of the Panama Canal will also open up trade opportunities from further afield."

Liverpool2 is part of the wider SuperPort project which includes the new £600m Mersey Gateway toll over the River Mersey in Halton and the International Trade Centre at Wirral Waters.

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