Two busiest ports
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OVER FIFTY PER CENT of all unitised cargo shipped through NorthWest ports in 1982 passed through Fleetwood and Garston, ports owned by Associated British Ports.
area, Fleetwood handled more unit load traffic than any other port in the Lancashire and Cumbria including Merseyside and Great Manchester, recording 1.8m tonnes to ro-ro unit loads.
Garston, near Liverpool, handled 620,000 tonnes of lifton/lift-off container traffic.
Last year has also been a busy one for the two ports, an ABP spokesman told CM. Although no figures had yet been compiled, he said that in September Fleetwood handled its millionth load since the ro-ro terminal opened in 1975.
During the last year ABP gained Government permission to construct a second ro-ro berth.
The spokesman said that success at Garston was helped by the smooth operation of its North Dock container terminal, opened in 1982.
The opening later this year of the Garston by-pass will further improve road access to the port, which is also adjacent to a Freightliners terminal.