Peel Ports cel­e­brates 300th an­niver­sary

Peel Ports-UK’s largest port groups, own­ing and op­er­at­ing six of the UK and Ire­land’s most im­por­tant ports has com­pleted 300 years of op­er­a­tion. The group han­dles 70 mil­lion tonnes of cargo ev­ery year.

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The world’s old­est en­closed com­mer­cial wet dock in Liver­pool, North-west Eng­land cel­e­brated its 300th an­niver­sary. Known lo­cally as the ‘old dock’, it opened for busi­ness on 31 Au­gust 1715, pro­vid­ing a blueprint for the de­vel­op­ment of other Liver­pool to be­come one of the globe’s most im­por­tant ports, with ships be­ing able to turn around in un­der two days, rather than the two weeks needed pre­vi­ously. And the credit goes to the ‘old dock’. By the end of the 19th cen­tury, nine per cent of the world’s trade went through Liver­pool. the city’s con­tri­bu­tion to ship­ping. The an­niver­sary comes at a sig­nif­i­cant time as we progress with the con­struc­tion of our new con­tainer ter­mi­nal Liver­pool 2 which will help cre­ate a new chap­ter in our story by es­tab­lish­ing a new in­ter­na­tional gate­way be­tween the UK and in­ter­na­tional trad­ing com­mu­ni­ties.”

Peel Ports, op­er­a­tors of the Port of Liver­pool, is cel­e­brat­ing the an­niver­sary by call­ing on lo­cal res­i­dents to share their im­ages and mem­o­ries of the city’s rich mar­itime history, with the con­tri­bu­tions and

im­ages from the com­pany’s own ar­chives be­ing turned into a book and on­line ex­hi­bi­tion. The dock was filled in 1826, hav­ing been su­per­seded by larger and deeper ports built into the river Mersey, on which Liver­pool sits.

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