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More Mediterranean fruit for the North of England

Date: 10/06/2010

MacAndrews, a subsidiary of the French shipping company CMA CGM, operates ships that ply the Iberian Peninsula-Great Britain trade. These vessels recently began to call at the port of Liverpool in north-west England four times per week. MacAndrews has thus augmented its service by 30%. Ports of call in southern Europe are Bilbao, Lisbon and Leixoes. Most of the cargo is imported fruit that is directly conveyed from Spain and Portugal to Liverpool’s new GBP 6 million fresh produce terminal, which has been operational since Q3/2009.

MacAndrews, which has served Liverpool since 1770, said its service enhancement is due to the inauguration of the new terminal, as well as by the need to shift more goods from roads to waterways. This applies particularly to building materials, automotive and other manufactured goods and of course fresh produce. Statistics published by the British environmental agency Defra in September 2009 show that the emission of CO2 from short sea shipping is only 50% of that produced by the railway, and some 80% less than the road. A port spokesman said that «water is both the greenest and most cost effective mode of transport available and by stepping up the service frequency, MacAndrews provides a viable alternative to the road». This service is expected to eliminate more than 60,000 t of CO2 over the course of the next twelve months.

Liverpool’s fresh produce terminal is a state-of-the-art quayside cool store built by Peel Ports and operated by Liverpool Produce Terminal Ltd. The facility, which is open around the clock, has four individually-controlled chambers with a temperature range of 0ºC to + 14ºC. The facility has now begun to handle tomatoes, cucumbers and bell peppers, in addition to southern fruit. Fruit juices and frozen vegetables will be added in the future.

The port of Liverpool, the largest operated by Peel Ports, handles over 33 million t of cargo per year. This equates to more than 50% of the group’s annual trade.

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