All eyes will be on the Mersey this week when the first phase of Liverpool2 officially opens for business. As most readers of our blog will already appreciate, this new world-class terminal represents a £400million investment by Peel Ports. It will not only enhance the Port of Liverpool’s commercial appeal on an international scale, but will add significantly to the UK’s logistics infrastructure.
Like all major success stories, it takes a talented team, a lot of hard work and many years to turn a vision into a reality. In this latest post about the individuals who have helped us reach our goal, we speak to Garry Sharpe, Project Director at Liverpool2, who believes the new terminal is transformational on many levels.
How long have you been with Peel Ports and what do you do?
I started working with Peel Ports in April 2012 to head up The Mersey Asset & Capital Projects teams. I currently lead two of the largest business projects in the group, through an experienced and dedicated group of people, contract partners and suppliers, to deliver £550million of capital projects into the Mersey portfolio. Growing container terminal capacity through Liverpool2 as well as bulks handling through a new biomass import terminal for Drax.
How did you end up working at Peel Ports?
My previous roles have been senior engineering management posts in asset intensive industries including Yorkshire Water and Serco Defence.
What role have you played in Liverpool2 and what will you be doing post launch?
At the beginning I led the Asset Management team in creating the engineering requirements for the project. The team were integral to specifying the infrastructure and equipment requirements at Liverpool2, including procurement of the cranes. Fast forward four years and I now head up the project delivery teams.
Post launch, I will be looking at Phase2 of the Terminal.
How do you think Liverpool2 will benefit the shipping industry in the UK?
It will rebalance the UK container shipping industry, bringing a larger proportion of container trade back to the North. This will save time, cost and carbon emissions from less efficient modes of land based transport.
What impact will Liverpool2 have on your role?
Having reached this milestone we’ll be able to use it as a springboard for future transformational projects for Peel Ports in Mersey. My focus will be increasingly on those types of developments.
Can you sum up your thoughts about Liverpool2 in three simple words?
Proud, excited, determined.
Back to News & Media