Synopsis:In response to a surge in customer demand for steel handling at the Port of Liverpool, Peel Ports Group is extending its steel and metals terminal. The expansion includes the construction of a 20,000 square foot warehouse at North 3 Canada Dock, with a portion of the new space already in use. This investment comes after the port experienced its busiest month for steel volumes in over two years. The facility, once the UK's first fully-automated steel terminal, has significantly improved efficiency and capacity since its £9 million upgrade in 2016.Article:Peel Ports Group, the UK's second-largest port operator, is embarking on a significant expansion of its steel and metals terminal to meet the increasing demand from customers at the Port of Liverpool. Construction of a 20,000 square foot extended warehouse at North 3 Canada Dock began in 2023, as the port experienced a remarkable uptick in steel volumes.During September, the port and Birkenhead Docks collectively handled over 75,000 tonnes of steel, marking the busiest month in over two years. This impressive performance surpasses the 93,000 tonnes handled in July 2021.The expansion project consists of the initial utilization of 8,000 square feet of the newly created warehouse space, with ongoing construction to add an additional 12,000 square feet, scheduled for completion in December.Phil Hall, Mersey Ports Director at Peel Ports Group, expressed his satisfaction with the rising demand: "We're really pleased to have seen such an increase in demand for steel handling at our port in recent months. This positive news led to us choosing to increase the size of our facility, which offers customers the chance to expand their capacity, as well as improving our handling facilities at the port."The Port of Liverpool's strategic location and proximity to UK manufacturing sites make this expansion a valuable investment. The facility now boasts 280,000 square feet of internal storage and 100,000 square feet of external space, with a total throughput capacity exceeding 600,000 tonnes annually.Notably, this facility was the UK's first fully-automated steel terminal following a substantial £9 million upgrade in 2016. The introduction of real-time stock availability, precision coil selection, and a vehicle booking system has greatly streamlined operations, reducing back-office processing, paperwork, handling time, and haulier turn-around time.Conclusion:Peel Ports Group's decision to expand its steel and metals terminal at the Port of Liverpool is a strategic response to the surging demand for steel handling. The recent growth in steel volumes and the port's central location near UK manufacturing sites have made this extension a worthwhile investment. This expansion not only increases capacity but also enhances handling facilities, making it a significant step toward meeting the evolving needs of customers in the steel industry.