Government consults on Liverpool cruise plans
- Published on Thursday, 07 July 2011 11:16
- Posted by Scott Buckler
The City of Liverpool Cruise Terminal could be permitted to change the way it operates under proposals put forward for consultation by Shipping Minister Mike Penning today - potentially paving the way for passengers to start and end their voyages in the city (July 7th)
Opened in 2007, the terminal was built with the help of grants from the North West Development Agency and the European Regional Development Fund. As there was deemed to be potential for unfair competition with other UK ports, operations at the terminal were restricted to cruises calling at the city as part of a longer trip and currently do not allow for cruises to start and end in the city. Last month Liverpool City Council put forward proposals for a partial repayment of this public subsidy in return for a lifting of these restrictions. The Government is now consulting on a potential way forward based on these proposals.
Shipping Minister Mike Penning said:
"Liverpool has a rich maritime heritage spanning many centuries, and I am keen to see that continue. However, I have been clear throughout this process that I am equally committed to ensuring fair competition across all UK ports. That is why I am pleased that Liverpool City Council have come forward with proposals which recognise this.
"However it is also important to hear the views of other interested parties, which is why I am launching a 10-week consultation. Once this period is over, I will consider carefully any comments I have received before making a final decision."
The proposals put forward by Liverpool City Council include a repayment of £5.3m spread evenly over 15 years. A targeted consultation of port operators and other interested parties will now take place until 15th September. A final decision on whether to approve Liverpool City Council's application is expected early in the new Parliamentary year.