River Mersey cruise terminal opens today & Wirral deal signed in Beijing

Posted: 29/05/2012

The cruise terminal on Liverpool’s River Mersey has been closed for 40 years until today, when the Ocean Countess docked at Pier Head with 804 passengers.

The Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson has been fighting with the Government to get the cruise terminal open since 2010 and today, his campaign have been well worth the effort when the first cruise ship arrived at 7am this morning.

The Countess of Derby is one of the passengers on the Ocean Countess which has travelled from Honfleur, France, Guernsey and the Scilly Isles. The ship will depart at 4pm this afternoon, heading to its final destination in Scotland.

The cruise terminal is a temporary facility that is capable of holding up to 1500 passengers and will be used for 3 years until a permanent facility is built.  

The cruise liner terminal manager, Angie Redhead spoke to the Liverpool Echo and said, ‘This puts us into the medium-sized ship bracket with operators like Fred Olsen, Thompson Cruises and saga Cruises.’

Ms Redhead also revealed that there will be a choir, Liverpool Ukulele Orchestra and Bucks Fizz to welcome the guests to the city.

The opening of the cruise terminal will be a huge boost for Liverpool’s economy and the next ship is set to arrive next year.

In other news, a multimillion pound deal was signed in Beijing by Wirral Council political leaders and Chinese investors for the first international trade centre in the UK to be built on the Birkenhead docklands.

The signing of the deal is thought to be the biggest Chinese investment scheme in the UK of this type and support’s Peel Holdings, who are behind the plans for the international trade centre.

If you would like to read our previous related articles, please see below;

Wirral International Trade Centre deal as part of Wirral Waters

The Wirral Waters project site visited by Chinese business leaders

Liverpool Metquarter for sale and cruise terminal to open

What are your thoughts on the cruise terminal re opening on the River Mersey and are you in favour of the Wirral International Trade Centre development?

Amanda McGovern, Pali Ltd

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