A born-and-bred Liverpudlian, Roger Megann describes how he regarded taking up his current role as a natural homecoming…
How long have you been at Peel Ports and what do you do?
I’ve been with the company 18 months and I have group commercial responsibility for the container business within our ports group. My main focus just now is bringing new container services to Liverpool2 while making sure our existing clients continue to grow and thrive in Liverpool.
How did you end up working at Peel Ports?
I’ve worked in the maritime sector my entire career. It started with a small freight forwarding company in Liverpool before I moved moving into the container shipping line sector. During that time I’ve worked for ACL, Yang Ming and CSAV (now Hapag Lloyd). Using my experience it was a natural transition into the ports sector. Being from Liverpool and having family connections with the port, the chance to work here had a massive pull factor for me personally, especially with the exciting new developments of Liverpool2.
What role have you played in Liverpool2 up to now?
From the get go I have been engaging with shipping lines in the UK, Europe and globally about how the new Liverpool 2 development will provide benefits for them and the end user. Getting our message and our story out to the customer base has been a huge challenge and very rewarding. We’ve secured new shipping lines into our current terminal and believe we can continue that success across all of our container ports.
What role will you be playing in Liverpool2 post launch?
It’s all about making sure people know we’re open for business and explaining the benefits of what we have to offer. So I’ll be continuing to build our proposition for the shipping lines and appealing to them to think how traditional shipping networks can be shaped by incorporating Liverpool to the benefit of the shipping line and the end user. Liverpool2 is the natural gateway for the North of England, and its enormous hinterland, for import and export containerised cargo. Our Cargo200 initiative demonstrates that the business volume is here and shipping lines would benefit by bringing direct services to Liverpool, especially because it’s in the interests of their customers – the cargo owners.
In your opinion how will Liverpool2 benefit the shipping industry in the UK?
It will reduce costs, congestion and carbon. We’re the only deep water container port in the North of England that will have the capability to challenge the southern ports and will provide the first real alternative to bringing large container ships to the closest point of manufacturing and consumption in the North. Our proposition is further strengthened by connections via our assets in Dublin, Greenock (Clydeport) and Port Salford. Taken together with Liverpool2, our offering becomes unique for direct services as we will provide a complete Irish Sea network and cost effective logistics through terminals and feeder networks.
What impact will Liverpool2 have on your role?
I’m very confident that I’ll be busier than ever once we open, with even more engagement with shipping lines than we have already! I’m relishing the prospect of securing the first deep-sea service – one of many I hope.
Can you sum up how you feel about Liverpool2 in three words?
Proud, excited and confident.
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