Years of Heritage

Building on a rich history to create a prosperous future.

We're proud of our history which has enabled us to become part of the country's DNA, with a vision to create sustainable environments where people and businesses can flourish. The Group aims to shape the future of generations to come, transforming industries and lives whilst keeping the supply chain at the heart of the UK.



In 1715, to accommodate larger ships, Liverpool built the world’s first commercial wet dock.


Sir Robert Peel, Prime Minister and founder of the Metropolitan Police, dies. His hometown of Bury, where his father’s textile business Peel Mills was founded, mourns him and erects Peel Tower in his memory.


Businessman Daniel Adamson becomes the champion of the Manchester Ship Canal although he does not live to see its completion in 1894.


Formation of Clydeport under the Clyde Port Authority, a trust post, subsequently privatised in 1992.


The future of the Manchester Ship Canal is secured when it is added to Peel’s portfolio of businesses.


Peel acquires Clydeport plc and its west coast Scottish ports. Peel also acquires a 75% stake in Durham Tees Valley Airport.


Acquisition of the Mersey Docks and Harbour Company bringing together the Port of Liverpool and the Manchester Ship Canal with Clydeport and Medway Ports makes Peel Ports division the second largest ports group in the UK.


Peel proposed a £50 billion investment strategy for the North West spanning the next 50 years named Ocean Gateway.


Liverpool2, Peel Ports £400m deep-water container terminal and gateway to the North opens for business. 


Peel Ports expands logistics services with acquisition of Quality Freight (UK) Limited, now known as Peel Ports Logistics.


Peel Ports becomes the first privately owned port operator to commit to Net Zero by 2040.


Peel Ports expands presence on the East Coast with acquisition of Humber Bulk Terminals, operated by Peel Ports Logistics.