Work Due to Start on Quay Wall at Liverpool2

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Courtesy of Peel Ports

 

The expansion of Liverpool Port, and the creation of Liverpool2, has hit a new phase of development. Peel Ports have assigned specialist contractors BAM Nuttall and Van Oord to construct the new in-river quay wall. Both companies have formed a joint venture to build the quay wall, which will form the berthing face for the new Liverpool2 container terminal.

Peel Ports’ £300million in-river container terminal will enable post-Panamax vessels of up to 13,500 teu to call directly at the port of Liverpool. It will also allow the container terminal to double its container handling capacity from 750,000 teu to 1,500,000 teu per annum. This will mean that some of the largest container ships in the world will be visiting the port on a weekly basis, and expanding links between Liverpool and other ports around the world.

Work on the quay wall is due to commence on 10th September, with rock drilling to provide the sockets for the 47tonne 1.8m diameter 40m long steel combi piles. In excess of 19,000 tonnes of steel work and 30,000 tonnes of concrete will be required for the construction of the quay wall alone.

Construction of Liverpool2 is due to finish in 2015, which also finishes the same year as the expansion of the Panama Canal. The investment of £300m will enable container ships from around the world to connect directly with the northern half of the UK and Irish Sea hub and so access a market estimated at 4 million TEUs a year.

This article was written by fwdfreight

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