Greenock container terminal buoyed by Liverpool launch

Greenock Ocean Terminal expects to double the number of containers it handles by 2021. Picture: Contributed

Greenock Ocean Terminal expects to double the number of containers it handles by 2021. Picture: Contributed

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Scotland’s deepest container terminal expects to double its business in the next five years thanks to the opening of a “sister” facility south of the Border.

Greenock Ocean Terminal, which is owned by Peel Ports, has projected that it will handle 200,000 containers a year by 2021, compared with about 100,000 units currently.

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Andrew Hemphill, port director, Peel Ports’ Clydeport, said the opening of the Liverpool 2 terminal had “transformed the playing field for us”.

He said: “Mega ocean container ships can now call directly into Liverpool, which acts as a feeder hub to us in Greenock, Ireland and Manchester, allowing closer import and export routes to market.”

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Greenock Ocean Terminal has been at the heart of Scotland’s shipping industry since 1876, with the container terminal officially opening in 1969. Further investment is planned for the 50-acre facility.

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