Indeed, the Ship Canal was built by the merchants of Manchester to establish their own direct route to the open sea and oceans of the world, rather than using the Port of Liverpool.
Today, the two are owned by the same organisation, the Peel Ports Group. The port at the mouth of the Mersey and the "big ship" waterway running from the river to the heart of Manchester and the North West Region, are forging a new and exciting synergy that benefits the maritime industry, the makers and movers of imports and exports and the immediate and wider environment.
Initiatives have been taken to combine the diversity of the deepsea Port of Liverpool with the bespoke and general port facilities of the Manchester Ship Canal, creating a unique all-water route for international trade. The volumes of cargo handled by both are growing as opportunities are taken to maximise their individual and combined merits.
Containers and bulk cargoes are being transhipped from Liverpool up the Canal - pioneering a strategy to increase efficiency, reduce cost and safeguard the environment by the waterborne movement of more and more international trade.
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