Superport News
"History was made in Liverpool on 4th November 2016 with the official opening of Liverpool2, the new deep-water container terminal at the Port of Liverpool operated by Peel Ports. This £400m investment is transformational not just for the Liverpool City Region but for the whole of the UK and will enable Liverpool to support the world’s largest container vessels. Just over 300 years ago, in 1715, Liverpool opened the world’s first ever commercial wet dock which changed the shape of world trade. Liverpool2 is set to do the same, creating a global logistics Hub for the UK and Ireland in a deep-water port closer to more people than any other UK container port.

And just a week earlier Liverpool hosted the largest and most senior delegation ever from Panama including Roberto Roy, Minister of the Panama Canal and UK Ambassador to Panama Dr Ian Collard to deepen our trade and investment relationship with Panama as a gateway to Latin America and the rest of the world. The visit centred around meetings at the Port of Liverpool to see the new Liverpool2 facilities and the world renowned Cammell Laird Shipbuilding and Engineering capabilities in Birkenhead. 

It was both a pleasure and an honour to be involved in both of these landmark events. These are exciting times for Liverpool and the City Region! 

We will be following this up with a major “Liverpool and Northern Powerhouse in Panama” trade and investment visit to Panama in 2017. If this is of interest you should join us to meet Panama’s Ambassador to the UK HE Daniel Fabrega in Liverpool for supper on 5th December – when we will be sharing more details of the visit.

I’m delighted also to see that the Combined Authority is developing a Freight Strategy for Liverpool City Region building on the excellent work by Transport for North. It is vital that we persuade Government to further scale up its investment in Northern Powerhouse infrastructure to better connect Northern UK and unlock its enormous potential for economic growth – and work like this can help provide the evidence base for that investment."  
Official Opening of Peel Ports £400m Liverpool Container Terminal
Pictured: Peel Ports CEO Mark Whitworth (left)with Rt Hon Dr Liam Fox MP at Liverpool2
One of the world's most modern shipping terminals, Liverpool2, was officially opened on Friday 4 November at the Port of Liverpool by the Secretary of State for International Trade, Rt Hon Dr Liam Fox MP. 

The £400 million investment by Peel Ports, one of the UK’s biggest port operators, will provide a state-of-the-art ocean gateway for UK importers and exporters with road, rail and water connections (Manchester Ship Canal) linking directly to the heart of mainland UK.

Mark Whitworth, CEO of Peel Ports said: “Today marks the beginning of a new era for the Port of Liverpool. Our investment will help global shippers to transport cargo more efficiently to their end destination with lower costs, congestion and carbon emissions. Liverpool is in the right location, providing state-of-the art facilities and technology, and offers a real competitive advantage with a shorter supply chain and providing an all-water route right to the heart of the UK via the Manchester Ship Canal."

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Panama in Liverpool
Pictured: Panama delegation with Mark Basnett, Managing Director, Liverpool City Region LEP and Bernard Molloy, Superport Chair
A senior delegation from Panama's Government, maritime, logistics, education and wider business community were in Liverpool City Region at the end of October for a visit organised jointly by Liverpool City Region LEP, Liverpool John Moore's University (LJMU) and the Department for International Trade (DIT).

The visit included the Panama in Liverpool conference which was attended by over 50 businesses wanting to meet and hear first-hand about the exciting developments in Panama and the opportunities available to them. 

Over the 5 day stay the delegation were given a tour of the City Region's manufacturing, logistics, education and cultural assets including, Jaguar Land Rover, Mersey Gateway Bridge, Cammell Laird, National Museums Liverpool and LJMU. They also visited Peel Ports' Port of Liverpool and took part in the Mersey Maritime Export Club. 

During the visit a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between Peel Ports and the Panama Canal Authority creates a strategic alliance aimed at facilitating international trade and generating new business by promoting trade routes between Liverpool and the west coast of South America via the Panama Canal. A second MoU was signed between LJMU and the International Maritime University (UMIP) focused on developing collaborative research and teaching partnership opportunities.

It was also agreed that a major trade, education and investment delegation from Liverpool City Region and the Northern Powerhouse would visit Panama in 2017 to build on the links created during the visit. 
Pictured top: LJMU Vice-Chancellor Professor Nigel Weatherill and Magister Fernanda Billard (both seated) signed a Memorandum of Understanding between LJMU and the International Maritime University of Panama (UMIP). Pictured top left: Cllr Nick Small, Assistant Mayor of Liverpool, welcoming the Panamanian delegation Pictured top right: Roberto Roy, Minisiter of the Canal speaking at The Panama in Liverpool Conference Pictured middle left: Panama delegation meeting with David Williams, Business Development Director at Cammell Laird  Pictured middle right: Panama delegation visiting the Maritime Knowledge Hub for the Mersey Maritime Export Club Pictured bottom: Peel Ports’ Chief Operating Officer Gary Hodgson (seventh from left) with the Panamanian delegation
Liverpool City Region Freight & Logistics Strategy
The Combined Authority is currently developing a Liverpool City Region Freight and Logistics Strategy. The study, which builds on work carried out for Transport for the North, will set out a strategy for how the City Region can ensure that the freight & logistics sector maximises its contribution towards achieving our economic development aspirations, whilst minimising the environmental and social impacts on local communities and businesses.

The development of the strategy has benefited from engagement from a range of local businesses and stakeholders, and makes recommendations on a range of infrastructure improvements, including the development of new Multimodal Distribution Parks, road and rail capacity, and access to the Port, as well as improving skills and training provision within the sector and proposals to improve last mile and urban logistics.

The study is being led by Darren Kirkman who has recently joined the Combined Authority as Lead Officer for Freight and Logistics. Darren previously led Transport for the North’s freight workload, and has been recruited to drive the City Region’s strategic activities with the freight sector across transport, land availability and skills 

For more information contact Darren Kirkman on or 0151 330 1107
Government confirms provision to join HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail for Liverpool City Region
Transport Secretary Chris Grayling confirmed in a statement to Parliament earlier this month that HS2 Phase 2b construction plans will make provision to join up north-south HS2 rail infrastructure with west-east Northern Powerhouse Rail to Liverpool.

Welcoming the news, Asif Hamid, Interim Chair of Liverpool City Region LEP noted the importance the move would have for freight and logisitics industries in Liverpool City Region. He said: 

“This announcement paves the way for the delivery of the extra passenger capacity the Liverpool City Region will need for the future along with the freight capacity that will make the most of the investments in our Port.

“The business community will continue to work hand-in-hand with public sector colleagues and partners in transport and government, in particular through Transport for the North, to deliver the long-term work required to make these huge opportunities a reality."

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Mersey Gateway Bridge Taking Shape
Halton’s iconic river crossing, The Mersey Gateway Bridge, is taking shape in the Mersey estuary. The central pylon was completed this month, which means that all three of the bridge pylons are now standing at their full height.

Gareth Stuart, Merseylink’s Project Director, said: “You only have to look in the estuary to see that the new bridge is really coming together. The main deck is expanding and we have stay cables going in every week. Our teams are making great progress and we’re on track to open in autumn 2017 as planned.”

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Upcoming Events 
Superport will be hosting a visit to Liverpool City Region by His Excellency Ambassador Daniel Fábrega, Ambassador of Panama to the UK on Monday 5 December from 4.30pm-7.15pm.

The visit will include a Liverpool and Northern Powerhouse in Panama Briefing and Networking Event.

For more information about the event including details on how to register click here
A5036 Improving access to the Port of Liverpool 
Highways England is currently working on a scheme to improve access to the Port of Liverpool.

The latest updates from the scheme are available here

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