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KEY MILESTONE AT PS300M PORT; Building timetable on track for Liverpool2 container terminal.

Byline: TONY MCDONOUGH Business Reporter tonymc39 @

PROGRESS on the new PS300m Liverpool2 container terminal, at Seaforth, is well on track after reaching a major construction milestone.

When fully operational later this year, Liverpool2 will be equipped to handle 95% of the world's container ships and will see the creation of 500 jobs.

Port of Liverpool owner Peel Ports claims the facility could "revolutionise" the UK logistics sector by attracting much of the freight currently imported through Southern ports to Liverpool. It is creating a total of 700,000 sq ft of warehouse space at the port, and at Salford at the other end of the Manchester Ship Canal, in readiness for the upsurge in cargo shipments.

Peel revealed yesterday that construction had reached an "advanced stage". Work to reclaim 12 hectares of land has passed the first stage with further infilling due to take place over the summer.

The majority of 296 steel piles have been driven into the seabed, allowing the infilling of 1.43m tonnes of sand and silts taken from the Mersey estuary and deposited behind the new quay wall.

Doug Coleman, Liverpool2's construction director, Doug Coleman, said: "We can only carry out the installation of anchor blocks and other infrastructure, including vibrocompaction, for a maximum of eight hours each day - two hours either side of each low tide."

The piling process, which began last year and is due to be completed in the next few months, involves drilling from large jack-up rigs and inserting tubular piles to create a new 854m-long quay wall. The area behind the wall has been dredged to bed rock to allow for virgin materials to be deposited.


Construction of the new PS300m Liverpool2 deep-water port facility, at | |the Port of Liverpool, is well advanced and is due for completion this year

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jun 19, 2015
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