Peel Ports has appointed Briggs Equipment UK to undertake the
engineering maintenance of its operational plant and equipment
at the Port of Liverpool.
Briggs will be responsible for what is a multi-million pound
asset base, spanning some 1,200 acres, with the port’s underlying
objective being to deliver the most reliable and responsive
service to its customers of any UK port.
The Port of Liverpool and Briggs will aim to maximize
equipment uptime and predictive/preventative maintenance
programmes. This includes a set target to provide 98%+
equipment availability, coupled with statutory and planned
preventative maintenance programmes ensuring a proactive
approach delivering high levels of equipment availability.
Examples of the equipment which will be handled within the
contract are ship-to-shore container cranes, quayside cranes,
straddle carriers, harbour mobile cranes and other mobile
equipment supporting the port’s multi terminal operations.
Brad Crumbleholme, engineering manager for the Port of
Liverpool, said “The port has undergone major changes over
recent times with engineering being one of them. We have an
aggressive growth programme and recognize that this can only be
delivered with outstanding customer service. By illustrating our
vision for the future and adopting best practice, the support
offered by Briggs will enable us to realize these challenges.
“A huge amount of time and effort has been put into finalizing
this agreement and we can now look forward to implementing
the planned improvements needed to take the Port of Liverpool
operations to the next level. Engineering activities play a crucial
role within the port and by partnering with Briggs Equipment UK
we are confident we will see the benefits that world class
engineering activities can have on maximizing our operational
The port’s overriding vision is to build and further develop a
predictable, repeatable and stable engineering maintenance
function which operates to a world class standard utilizing highly
skilled engineers, modern work methods and optimized tooling
and diagnostics, all encompassed within a CI (continuous
improvement) framework.
Already this year, Peel Ports has delivered a number of
successes, including increasing capacity on the barge service
provided along the Manchester Ship Canal, adding additional
services into the Port of Liverpool’s container terminal and
integrating the offers of Liverpool and Manchester, creating a
44-mile stretch of water in the heart of the UK.