Peel Ports has announced it is investing £3 million to upgrade its existing steel terminal at the Port of Liverpool's Gladstone dock. The improved facility will benefit from the latest-generation CareGo warehouse optimisation and crane automation technology, revolutionising the efficiency of the steel supply chain and transforming the port's customer offering.
The Liverpool Steel Terminal will feature a fully automated warehouse and interactive customer web portal, which mean customers will have round-the-clock instant access to the ordering process. Real time stock availability, precision coil selection and a vehicle booking system will give customers best value for money by minimising paperwork, handling, and haulier turn-around time.
The terminal will also include an automatic weighing facility, and instant customer reporting means that customers will be able to track their order real-time from ship to door.
Gary Hodgson, Managing Director of Peel Ports said: "This is a particularly exciting investment for Peel Ports because it puts us at the leading edge of steel storage and distribution. No other port in the UK is currently able to offer a comparable service."
"Coupled with the Port of Liverpool's advantageous location in terms of its proximity to UK manufacturing, we are confident that we are making a very important investment that will ultimately offer our customers substantial cost benefits."
Coil capacity at the new terminal will be 350kt. Segregated storage and quarantine locations include the capacity for dehumidification and temperature controlled facilities. The Liverpool Steel Terminal will be open for business in April 2013.