Global shipping firm and logistics company Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) said it was opening a new transport yard at the Port of Liverpool to support its growing landside volumes.

It said the new facility will be fully operational this year with the MSC owned haulage fleet increasing by up to 40 trucks at the new site.

MSC already runs an operating centre at the Port of Felixstowe, where it has a licence authorising 51 HGVs and 51 trailers.

Jonathan Burke, MSC UK operations director, said: “This new expansion follows considerable line haulage growth over the last twelve months and Peel Ports’ Liverpool location is a natural fit to help us further support our customers’ supply chains in the north west and nationally; supporting the MSC direct ocean services into Liverpool and dedicated transhipment services giving national coverage through the port.

“In addition to our existing fleet based in Felixstowe, this expansion, alongside the MSC’s daily rail services from Liverpool to the Midlands, enables us to offer full local and national coverage through the Port of Liverpool for both imports and exports.”

MSC said this new agreement comes as part of a longer-term investment programme, which has already seen it ramp up automation and vehicle tracking.

The shipper also said operating its own fleet and partnering with hauliers has helped it provide one of the largest national containerised cargo operations in the UK.

“This exciting expansion of our transport services further underpins our ambition to grow organically whilst continuing to evolve and enhance our offering for customers,” added Burke.

“With this addition to our operation we are giving significant strength both to our Liverpool offering as a gateway port, and our intermodal operation at a difficult time for the market.”