As we near the official launch of the Liverpool2 – Peel Ports’ £400million deep water crane terminal at the Port of Liverpool – we take a look at the machines and people who form the backbone of what will be one of the most modern shipping terminals the world has ever seen.
Set to formally launch on Friday 4 November 2016, the highly anticipated terminal will feature a total of eight 92m high ship-to-shore cranes and 22 cantilever rail-mounted gantry (CRMGs) cranes.
With the ability to operate in wind speeds of up to 55mph, and manage lifts of up to 85 tonnes, these machines will make anywhere between 20 to 30 moves per hour.
And while their modern automated design means that they are a far cry from the cranes that once dominated Merseyside’s skyline, these mighty machines still require the expert hand of a highly-skilled Peel Ports’ crane handler.
Here we talk to Garry Dutton, Trainer and Driver at Liverpool2 about his role in the run up to the launch of the new terminal and what he believes the future holds for the Port.
How long have you been with Peel Ports and what do you do?
I’ve worked with Peel Ports for 18 years now driving various cranes. And in that time I’ve trained hundreds of operators how to use the cranes safely and efficiently.
How did you end up working with Peel Ports
I started my career in the offshore oil and gas industry in the north of Scotland back in the early 90s before moving onto the docks in 1998. I’ve been operating ship-to-shore cranes and CRMGs, amongst others, ever since.
What role have you played in Liverpool2 and what will you be doing post launch?
My role in Liverpool2 so far has been to familiarise operators with the bigger, more advanced cranes. And once we’re in full swing, my days will be taken up training operators how to use the cranes, which will be servicing the world’s global fleet of vessels.
How do you think Liverpool2 will benefit the shipping industry in the UK?
I think it will put the port of Liverpool back on the map. The new capacity levels (space for around one million TEU) and its transport links are definitely going to sit well with cargo owners who want to make real tangible savings.
Almost 90% of containers currently enter the UK through the South, but more than 50% of the demand for the cargo comes from the North which means that half of the UK population is closer to Liverpool than the ports in the South. It makes sense to have the goods delivered closer to the consumer.
Can you sum up your thoughts about Liverpool2 in three simple words?
Updating Liverpool Port.
Gary is one of the highly skilled crane drivers who will be working on our new Liverpool2 terminal. To find out more about Liverpool2 click here.
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