Peel Ports invests in new STS container cranes for the Port of Liverpool to increase service capabilities

Peel Ports has invested in two new ship-to-shore (STS) container cranes for the Port of Liverpool (Terminal 1), to further support growth from Intra European Feeder networks and specialist carrier Atlantic Container Line (ACL).

A significant investment for the company, the new container cranes will increase the number of (STS) cranes at the terminal and overall berth productivity still further whilst increasing height and reach capabilities of the terminal.

The new design utilises high tensile steel and a lattice boom and beam construction, designed and built by Liehberr Container Cranes Limited, resulting in a lighter crane with reduced wheel loads, a key consideration due to the narrow span and quay structure at the Port of Liverpool’s terminal 1.

David Huck, Managing Director at Peel Ports said:

Our investment in the very latest Panamax container cranes at Terminal 1 demonstrates our long term commitment to investing in our customers and further compliments our Irish Sea hub proposition connecting the world to Liverpool and by far the largest consuming and exporting region of the UK

The new cranes will significantly enhance the Port of Liverpool’s capabilities for ACL, as well as other current and future users of Terminal 1. For us, innovation and improvement are at the heart of our Port-centric solutions, and we’re excited to get the new cranes in place and commissioned for the start of 2022.

STS Crane - Port of Liverpool
STS Crane at The Port of Liverpool

ACL is the Port of Liverpool’s longest-serving container carrier and, in 2019, signed a 15-year contract extension agreement with Peel Ports for container and roll-on / roll-off (RoRo) operations. The agreement is valid until 2035 and signifies ACL’s confidence in the growing volume of transatlantic trade between the UK and North America.

Andrew Abbott, CEO at ACL said:

Liverpool has been Atlantic Container Line’s home port in the UK for 54 years. The port has seen four generations of ships make calls twice a week as technology changed and transatlantic cargo volumes grew. ACL’s current generation of Container/RORO vessel is twice as large as its predecessor, but uses the same footprint in order to fit through the lock at Royal Seaforth.

To carry all the extra cargo, the new ships are considerably higher, so high, state-of-the-art gantry cranes are essential in order to productively handle them. Peel Ports answered the challenge with brand-new hardware, enabling them to handle the new ACL vessels more quicky and more efficiently than ever before.

We congratulate Peel Ports for this fantastic accomplishment. ACL looks forward with confidence to a bright future at the Port of Liverpool.

Daniel O’Shea, Area Sales Manager Europe at Liebherr said:

As Peel Ports grow and develop in container handling, Liebherr is pleased to be able to continue the journey with them. Peel Ports have counted on Liebherr for their stevedoring operations and are accustomed to the quality, reliability and productivity that Liebherr cranes can bring. We look forward to seeing the two Liebherr STS cranes at the centre of the operations for many years to come at the Port of Liverpool’s Terminal 1.