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Maritime Professional Services Award



MDST has won the Maritime Professional Services Award at the Mersey Maritime Industry Awards 2017!  The award was in recognition of the consultancy’s work in developing a freight and logistics strategy for the North of England and its follow-up work for Merseytravel on the implications of this strategy specifically for the Liverpool City Region.  

The main elements of the freight and logistics strategy – which would involve the implementation of measures by the public sector to encourage further investment by the private sector -  were identified as being to:

  • Concentrate a higher proportion of warehousing on rail and water connected logistics sites (Multi-modal Distribution Parks or MDPs), including on sites within the Liverpool City Region such as at Seaforth Docks;
  • Upgrade road access to ports in the North, including to the Port of Liverpool;
  • Provide more trans-Pennine road capacity and upgrade rail loading gauge across the Pennines;
  • Expand rail network capacity available for rail freight services along the major north-south routes and across the Pennines.

The company is delighted that the independent evaluation panel has recognised the contribution that the company has made to the long-term development of the freight and logistics sector in the Liverpool City Region and across the North of England.