A sinkhole has opened up at the Port of Liverpool’s £400m Liverpool2 container terminal.
The ECHO received reports of a “large sinkhole” opening at the port complex, which opened in November and is designed to welcome the world’s biggest container ships.
Owner Peel Ports has confirmed that a “cavity” had opened at the site and that the affected area has been sealed off while a probe into the collapse continues.
A spokesperson from Peel Ports said: “We have been aware of a potential issue in the area for a few weeks. This has resulted in the appearance of a cavity on the berth of Liverpool2. “We have taken immediate action to ensure the safety of all port staff and visitors and have opened an investigation into the cause of the issue which we are looking to resolve as soon as possible. “The terminal remains open although the access to the area affected is restricted. The crane commissioning is continuing as planned.”
Liverpool2 was one of Britain’s biggest construction projects and will allow the Port of Liverpool to welcome 95% of the world’s container ships, including the massive ones built to go through the widened Panama Canal.
Those ships could not fit into the docks at Seaforth but will be able to berth in the river, where containers can be unloaded using the giant red cranes that are already a landmark for miles around.
Since its official opening in November the cranes have been quiet. But the Peel spokesperson said the company was in “advanced talks” with shipping firms about starting to run services from the terminal.
Each of the five massive red “megamax” cranes on the waterfront is slightly shorter than the Royal Liver Building. They can all move from side to side along the waterfront.
Peel plans eventually to install another three megamax cranes on the waterfront, with another ten of the smaller quayside cranes to join the 12 already there.