Liverpool set for start and finish port status

by Ella FAIRCHILD on July 8, 2011

 Cruise liners will be able to start and finish their journeys in Liverpool as part of new plans, according to the Department for Transport.Liverpool cruise terminal is only a port of call at the moment; however, a consultation is under way with a view to lifting those restrictions.

Unfortunately for those behind the proposed developments, an ongoing row with Southampton, whose business as a port will be affected if Liverpool is given the green light, has intensified. A senior director for Southampton’s port branded the plans as “unfair”, while also questioning their legality. In exchange for lifting restrictions, Liverpool’s council will pay back around £5.3m in grants over a period of 15 years.

The money comes as part of a grant of £9.2m invested in the development of Liverpool’s Pier Head, which includes the cruise terminal that began operating in 2007. ABP, which stands for Associated British Ports, is the owner of Southampton Docks and continues to argue that, should the plans be approved, state funds will end up being misused. The organisation is also taking legal advice from a team of lawyers.

Doug Morrison, ABP’s port director in Southampton, explained that £40m-plus has been invested in his docks over recent years. His questioning of whether or not the Liverpool project is legal has been echoed by Royston Smith, Southampton City Council’s leader.

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