Peel Ports, which owns the UK’s Port of Liverpool, has announced that Mediterranean Shipping Company is to expand its operations at the port.
A new pendulum service is to be started between Turkey, Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, the UK and Canada. It will use eight ships with a loading capacity for 5,500 TEU and calls will be made in Liverpool twice a week.
Commenting on the new link, Mark Whitworth, CEO of Peel Ports, said: “The tide continues to turn in Liverpool’s favour as shipping lines and their customers see the evidence for how our location can benefit the whole supply chain. This is another vote of confidence in the Northwest of the UK and Liverpool’s location in bringing the heart of the UK economy closer to their international markets.”
MSC’s new service will give beneficial cargo owners more options, especially in the Mediterranean region. A significant volume of time-sensitive perishable products are moved northbound and the call in Liverpool will help shorten transit times for these goods.
While Turkey’s economy has faced recent pressures trade to/from the country has remained resilient and it offers decent growth prospects.
Michael Collins, commercial director of MSC UK, explained: “We’ve been offering our customers leading connections between Liverpool and our global routes for more than 18 years so inevitably the Port of Liverpool has become an integral part of our UK ocean and landside operations.
“As we continue to grow our presence in the North West of the UK, we’re seeing greater customer interest in our services to/from Liverpool and we’re very much looking forward to continuing that trend, and our relationship with Peel Ports.”
Earlier this year, MSC along with Maersk Line, its partner in the 2M alliance, decided to schedule calls at Liverpool on a permanent basis in their TA4 transatlantic service string. The port had been used since July as a result of congestion at Felixstowe, but only on a temporary basis.