Ben Flanagan, the go-to expert in non-unitised commodities at Peel Ports Group, explains what it is that makes Liverpool so capable of handling diverse cargo – from edible oil to wind turbine blades and everything in between.
Liverpool is a prime location for importing and exporting project cargoes for a number of reasons. First and foremost, it’s all about location and Liverpool, as the most centrally located, Atlantic facing deep-water port in the UK, acts as a direct route to markets in Scotland, the North and the Midlands. Crucially, shipping via Liverpool also slashes the road miles and haulage costs involved in using southern ports.
The sheer diversity of the commodities handled at the Port and consumed within the wider hinterland is staggering. With cargo becoming increasingly diversified, we’ve been able to invest in the Port’s infrastructure to meet increased demand from the wider market. Indeed, it was only a few months ago that the £400m deep-water container terminal, Liverpool2 opened for business.
There’s a real range of benefits for project cargo shippers at the Port of Liverpool, but a major differentiator would be LARA 1 – our floating crane capable of lifting up to 250 tonnes at a time and is fully manoeuvrable within our dock system enabling agile stevedoring operations.
One of the larger commodity groups handled at the Port of Liverpool is bulk liquids; ranging from petrochemical refinery to edible oil processing; these commodities often require large, out of gauge project cargo such as storage tanks and large specialist equipment, from all over the world, which are all expertly managed at the Port.
With an increased global focus on renewable energy, it’s no surprise that we are also specialists in the discharge of wind turbines and turbine components, supporting the onshore and offshore renewable energy sector. In the last year alone the Port of Liverpool has handled nearly 6,000 tonnes of turbine components; these are very large, delicate and expensive pieces of kit with each blade measuring 50 metres, requiring significant storage space which is readily available at the Port of Liverpool.
With such diverse cargo going through the Port, Liverpool is also a focal point for our Project Cargo. We offer tailor-made solutions to customers’ oversized cargo handling needs, we have state-of-the-art portside heavy lift facilities and extensive quayside storage capacity to accommodate anything from power station transformers to large silos and even wind turbines. Project Cargo is the perfect example of how we are using our assets to adapt to the rapidly changing needs of our customers and of the logistics sector itself.
So if its oil, ore or otherwise, we’re equipped with the infrastructure, experience and knowledge to handle any commodity, and will continue to work with customers to develop solutions to handle the most diverse and challenging project cargo requirements.
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