Maritime Transport is set to expand its existing transport depot at the Port of Liverpool as part of plans to "significantly enhance" its North West operations.

The logistics company has signed a 30-year lease agreement with Peel Ports Group which will see the facility increased from four to ten acres with a new storage yard for loaded containers.

Construction on the multi-million project will commence in April. It will include a new transport depot and offices and "exceptional" driver facilities, the company said.

The new storage yard accompanying the enlarged premises will offer a wide range of loaded container handling and storage solutions, and enable optimum storage for up to 2,000 TEU. New Sany reach stackers, which were ordered in Q1, will be arriving on site in time for the project completion in November 2022.

The announcement follows the completion of Maritime’s  8.1-acre transport depot at Normanton Industrial Estate in Wakefield, less than a mile away from the Maritime Intermodal Rail Terminal.

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John Williams, group executive chairman at Maritime Transport, said: “This significant investment, which marks the beginning of a strategic collaboration with Peel Ports, heralds an exciting time for the company in terms of our growth, whilst we continue to provide the very best facilities and excellent working environments for our colleagues.

"The Port of Liverpool has established itself as a key gateway for our customers over the years, and we are excited to be bringing high quality storage space and even greater capability and choice to the market as we see an increase in demand for our services.’

David Huck, chief operating officer at Peel Ports Group, said: “This is a major commitment which is yet another highlight in the exciting evolution at the Port of Liverpool. It links perfectly with our strategy to extend our multimodal connections providing better links beyond our current hinterland.

"We’re also pleased to see one of our important customers continuing to enjoy success and together we are going from strength-to-strength”