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Old January 21st, 2006, 12:49 PM   #21
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Old March 14th, 2006, 03:53 PM   #22
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Terminal 'will help economy'

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Terminal 'will help economy'

Mar 14 2006

By Mike Hornby, Liverpool Echo

MERSEY Docks and Harbour company said today its planned £80m container terminal is vital if local firms are to stay competitive on the world stage.

It comes as the firm's lawyers ready their case for a public inquiry to be held in Liverpool next month.

Residents and environmental groups are challenging the construction plan because of fears that extra traffic created by the terminal will damage wildlife and the local environment.

The company, owned by Peel Holdings, is pushing for the 800-metre quayside which will enable it to handle "post Panamax" container ships, the new generation of gigantic freight vessels.

Speaking today, MDHC's Frank Robotham said Merseyside and north west exporters could be forced to use ports in Southampton and Felixstowe.

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Old March 14th, 2006, 04:23 PM   #23
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Terminal 'will help economy'

Mar 14 2006

By Mike Hornby, Liverpool Echo

MERSEY Docks and Harbour company said today its planned £80m container terminal is vital if local firms are to stay competitive on the world stage.

It comes as the firm's lawyers ready their case for a public inquiry to be held in Liverpool next month.

Residents and environmental groups are challenging the construction plan because of fears that extra traffic created by the terminal will damage wildlife and the local environment.

The company, owned by Peel Holdings, is pushing for the 800-metre quayside which will enable it to handle "post Panamax" container ships, the new generation of gigantic freight vessels.

Speaking today, MDHC's Frank Robotham said Merseyside and north west exporters could be forced to use ports in Southampton and Felixstowe.

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And so the norht/south divide shall contiue to widen if we don't provide easlily accessible infrastucture, such as a container port for local exporters. Let's hope it happens.

Dave, I'll try and update the index shortly. The sites been so slow, I just haven't been arsed lately.
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Old March 14th, 2006, 04:49 PM   #24
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i think its essential for economical reasons to have a big freighter terminal in liverpool for container ships upto lengths of 1000ft, like in ny, hk, singapore etc, would be nice i think
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Absolutely vital for the future of the port.
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Old March 15th, 2006, 11:04 AM   #26
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From the BYM News website

Liverpool container terminal faces fierce Felixstowe competition and opposition from residents

Wednesday, 15 March 2006
Marian Martin

A public hearing into the Mersey Docks and Harbour Company’s application for a Harbour Revision Order to allow construction of a new post-Panamax container terminal at the Port of Liverpool, will be held on April 26.

The £80 million terminal would be capable of simultaneously accommodating two of the new generation of larger containerships, but faces fierce competition from the Port of Felixstowe. The East Coast port was given the go-ahead for further development last month, which will see the former P&O North Sea Ferries basin and the existing Landguard Terminal converted into a new deep-sea container terminal. That development includes dredging to 16 metres, alongside 1,350 metres of quay, an approach channel dredged to 14.5 metres, an additional 13 ship-to-shore gantry cranes and a new rail terminal, capable of replacing 500,000 lorries on the roads.

Supporters of Mersey Harbour’s expansion fear that, unless the facilities are upgraded the city will lose business to Felixstowe, with a negative impact on the regional economy, but the firm’s lawyers will face opposition from environmental groups, including English Nature, over potential damage to wild life and the local quality of life, when they present the case for expansion at the public hearing.

Residents groups are also challenging the construction plan, on the grounds that there is already a high level of illness, such as asthma and skin conditions, caused by pollution from the existing port facilities, which will be exacerbated if expansion goes ahead. They also point out that, without new Felixstowe style railway links, any expansion would lead to serious road traffic problems.
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Won't these high levels of illness affect felixstowe also or is this just peculiar to seaforth?
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WELL SAID!!

Give Liverpool its Terminal or Stop Reading the echo, icliverpool n post!! bring down the economy.
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Old March 24th, 2006, 02:57 PM   #30
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Deadlock in shipping plans is broken by anti-noise pledge Mar 24 2006

By Nick Coligan, Liverpool Echo

A BREAKTHROUGH in talks with angry families could help plans for an £80m shipping terminal.

A chief objector will no longer block moves to expand Seaforth dock so it can handle giant container ships.

It follows the dock owner's pledge to put up noise barriers so the proposed 800-metre quay-side does not affect Waterloo residents.

Mersey Docks and Harbour Company's plan will still go before a public inquiry in two months because of mass protests from the terminal's neighbours.

But Waterloo residents association, which represents 7,000 households, will not oppose it.


Chairman Ian Hamilton Fazey said: "Movement of empty containers within the port makes the most noise, and they're stored close to homes in Cambridge Road at the moment.


"But if the new terminal is built, they'll be relocated a mile-and-a-half away.


"MDHC is also going to put up acoustic barriers so noise is deflected upwards, rather than around the neighbourhood.


"We were concerned road traffic in and out of the port would double, but we now know a great number of containers will be unloaded on to other ships or taken away by rail."


The group has also asked MDHC to put money into a fund to pay for noise reduction measures like double-glazing for the dock's closest neighbours.


The plan would open up the dock to bigger ships, potentially bringing millions of pounds into Merseyside's economy.


At the public inquiry, a government inspector will hear the arguments for and against the development. If he sides with the objectors, it might have to be shelved for the near future.


MDHC has held discussions to try and remove opposition, which previously included the council.


It has already agreed to reopen the Radar Tower, near Crosby marina, to the public, and allow anglers back onto the dock site.
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Old March 24th, 2006, 03:30 PM   #31
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Talking Mersey Ferry from Crosby to New Brighton .....

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"It has already agreed to reopen the Radar Tower, near Crosby marina, to the public, and allow anglers back onto the dock site."

Personally, having still got relatives who live in the Bootle / Crosby areas I just don`t see what all of the fuss is about - yes the Port does impact the local community - it`s not being there would impact them even more.

So many chances of advancement (or even going back to old ideas long abandoned in the name of progress.....) suggest to me that people are intrinsically nosey when watching other people do their job.

A bustling Port when seen from New Brighton always raises eyebrows and comments about the ships and vessels entering and departing and with this new facility the sights will be bigger and better.

Any time a `Liner` comes into the Mersey merely illustrates the point.

I used to spend various days and evenings down at `Crosby Marina` with friends for a drink or meal and it was never over used though sometimes busy with wind surfers etc and it held a certain fasination for me - thinking how much better it could be.

Now I think that there could be a real chance to develop the area and enhance it and provide extra facilities in an area not overly blessed with employment.

Imagine a new Mersey Ferry service between `Crosby` and `New Brighton` (also newly re-energised by the Neptune Development) (Maybe even a small `car ferry service?` - nothing new on the mersey .....) and if you were to go really daft throw in a couple of Beethams either side - at Crosby and New Brighton.

Now that would be a sight worth seeing from any point of view.



Please don`t anyone tell me `ferries` get in the way of `Port Operations` - we`ve been running ferries for centuries and they have always enhanced the port operations - sometimes they have near enough been the only port operations.

The sooner we get that (fast?) ferry service between the Pier Head and LJLA the better....."ding ding - hold tight."

You don`t think they`d try to use one of those `Yellow Water Duckie` things do you?

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Old March 24th, 2006, 07:09 PM   #32
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Great news that the residents are actually supportive, and have gained what they wanted to enable this to move forward. One less major objection to worry about, and infact a positive for the project. If this port really grows, then the local road rail and airport links will become more important, and will need more improvement.
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Old March 24th, 2006, 09:27 PM   #33
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Yes very good news, the Docks will soon be matching the expansion taking place at the Airport.
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Old March 28th, 2006, 02:46 PM   #34
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Garston docks may go in £2.3bn deal Mar 28 2006


GARSTON Docks could be sold as part of a £2.3bn bid for its owner, Associated British Ports.

Yesterday, a consortium, including Goldman Sachs and investment groups from Canada and Singapore said it was mulling over a possible offer for the group.

Goldman Sachs said it was working with Borealis, the investment vehicle of Ontario pension fund OMERS and GIC Special Investments, the private equity arm of the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation, but added a bid wasn't certain.

In a statement, it said: "The consortium's considerations are at a preliminary stage and there can be no assurance that any offer will be made."

Yesterday, AB Ports, the UK's biggest ports group, issued a statement confirming that no takeover proposal had yet been received. In February, the company, which operates from 21 sites in the UK and employs more than 3,000 people worldwide, reported a 2% rise in pre-tax profits to £132.3m for 2005.


In the annual report it was revealed the Garston docks had enjoyed a fourth consecutive year of growth with between half a million and 600,000 tonnes passing through.


Manager Nick Ridehalgh said the situation was improving, despite a difficult year, thanks to long-term deals with blue chip companies.


He added Garston was "fundamental" to the overall profitability of the company, thanks to a lucrative sale of land to a housing developer.


City analysts at Panmure Gordon said in a research note: "We believe that if the bid materialises, it may not be long before it becomes contested."


The analysts added AB could be worth more to shareholders as a quoted company following government proposals last week that could allow firms to extract more value from their property assets.


In recent weeks it has been revealed that AB was considering offers, thought to be in the region of £10m, for a 40-acre piece of land adjacent to the docks.


UK property giant British Land, which owns the New Mersey Retail Park, has shown an interest in acquiring the site with a view to expanding the successful facility, whose tenants include Boots and Marks & Spencer.


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Old March 30th, 2006, 05:50 AM   #35
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AB Ports rejects takeover offer

Ports companies have attracted many suitors in recent months
The UK's biggest ports operator, AB Ports, has rejected a £2.2bn offer from a Goldman Sachs-led consortium, branding it "wholly inadequate".
Earlier this week the bank confirmed it was considering a possible bid with Borealis Infrastructure Management and Singapore firm GIC Special Investments.

AB Ports said the cash offer was worth 730p a share, slightly above its closing price of 717p on Wednesday.

The firm runs 21 UK sites and employs more than 3,000 people worldwide.

Speculation that it might be a takeover target began last week when the group's shares gained 10% in value.

It is thought that a rival British group, made up of investors and port operators, has been preparing its own offer for several months.

The board considered the non-binding indicative offer and has concluded that it is wholly inadequate


Bidders have flocked to the UK's ports groups in recent months, attracted by rising world trade volumes as well as property assets.

Dubai Ports World recently spent $6.8bn to acquire P&O, while Mersey Docks and PD Ports were taken over last year.

AB Ports handles about a quarter of the UK's seaborne traffic, with sites at locations including Hull, Grimsby, Port Talbot and Southampton.

Additionally, it has a number of businesses offering specialist services and a US division, Amports.
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Old March 30th, 2006, 11:18 AM   #36
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Arrow £9m is also earmarked to create rail freight access to the Port of Liverpool.

Cost of Liverpool rail hub doubles to £32m .....

http://icliverpool.icnetwork.co.uk/...-name_page.html

THE cost of Liverpool's first-ever showpiece transport hub, South Parkway, has doubled to £32m, the Daily Post can reveal.

Around £9m is also earmarked to create rail freight access to the Port of Liverpool.
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Maybe they just underestimated the price, as they seem to do with everything these days, and then a big furore is created when they hit snags, or steel prices surge. If something is going to cost more due to rising raw material cost's then that ok, as long as people are not embezzling the price higher.

Is it true the new Mersey Crossing is not inflation linked...! Only 6 years to wait to find that it's gone over budjet due to inflation and rising steel costs...
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Fleet flagship returns to service

The Ben My Chree has been in dry dock for two weeks
The flagship of the Isle of Man Steam Packet company, Ben My Chree, is back in service after a refit and overhaul.
It entered dry dock for refurbishment and an engine overhaul at Birkenhead in Merseyside. The £1m work has included upgrading the passenger lounge.

Ben My Chree has resumed her twice daily year-round sailings between Douglas and Heysham in Lancashire.

The twice daily summer services to and from Liverpool, operated by Superseacat Two, begin on Friday.
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Question IOM Passenger movements .....

Does any one have any passenger figures for the air and sea passenger movements between the IOM and Liverpool?

We do some times forget that Liverpool has always been very important to the IOM even though the IOM also lost interest when Liverpool had problems in the 70`s etc.

I can think of many instances where people owned a business in Liverpool - which they often ran during the week but they returned to the IOM for the weekend.
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Cost of Liverpool rail hub doubles to £32m .....

http://icliverpool.icnetwork.co.uk/...-name_page.html

THE cost of Liverpool's first-ever showpiece transport hub, South Parkway, has doubled to £32m, the Daily Post can reveal.

Around £9m is also earmarked to create rail freight access to the Port of Liverpool.
Unless there is a Merseyrail link and non-stop fast access from the centre directly into the JLA terminal building, like at Gatwick, then this Parkway hub falls way short at addressing key points of rail transport in the Mersey area.
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