GAC UK opens office at Britain’s largest lock

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GAC UK has opened its newest branch, offering marine and terminal services at the port of Eastham on the Wirral, Merseyside. It is the 25th office in GAC UK’s network of offices covering ports throughout England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland and Gibraltar.

Located at the western end of the Manchester Ship Canal, Eastham is home to the largest lock in Britain, constructed to accommodate tankers too large for the Canal. It is a major hub for chemical products such as petrochemicals, bitumen and acids, with several onshore terminals and refineries.

GAC took over the marine and terminals duties of long-standing rigging firm W Muskers, and counts 14 of their highly-experienced professionals among its Eastham team. Between them, the members of the team headed by Operations Manager Richard Warburton and Supervisor Ben Williams represent 228 years’ experience.

GAC UK Managing Director Herman Jorgensen said:“We are excited and honoured to take over the work of W Muskers at Eastham. We truly respect the incredible experience built up over more than 50 years and will honour and build on that into the next 50 years, having an utmost focus on health and safety and customer service in everything we do.”

From their base at Queen Elizabeth II Dock, they handle vessels coming up the River Mersey to load or discharge liquid bulk cargoes at the port’s terminals and refineries. Working around the clock, every day of the year, GAC Eastham is set to handle 30 vessels every month.