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Cruising generates £7m for local Liverpool economy

Liverpool handled 63 ships in 2016, up 17% on last year
This year’s cruise season generated almost £7m ($8.7m) for the local economy in Liverpool, according to figures published Tuesday.

The UK port handled 63 ship calls, up 17% on the previous year, welcomed 81,000 passengers and 33,000 crew members during 2017.

According to a City Council report Liverpool has joined the strategic collaboration of Irish Sea ports together with Dublin, Belfast, Cobh and Greenock (Glasgow) with the intention 'to work cohesively together to promote member ports as the "must see" destinations on a British Isles itinerary.'

This 'Irish Sea Stepping Stones' initiative also sees member ports task themselves to 'work together to ensure no cruise ship is ever turned away from a port due to congestion, working together to switch dates between ourselves and present a collective solution to the cruise line,' said the report.

Looking ahead, the report notes scheduled repair and maintenance work to be carried out on Liverpool’s cruise berth pontoons before the start of the 2017 season which will mark the 10th anniversary of the berth opening. The city’s plans for the construction of new terminal facilities is also referenced.

'The city has ambitions for a permanent cruise terminal building to replace the existing temporary facility. A suitable location has been identified as part of a Phase 1 Feasibility Study. The Phase 2 Feasibility Study is currently underway to carry out all of the required statutory approvals such as detailed design, environmental impact assessment and harbour revision order etc.'

No timeline for this work has yet been published.