A £10M investment in the Port of Liverpool’s lock gates will enter its second phase this month when caisson refurbishment work begins.
The cassion is one of three sets at Langton Lock which port owner Peel Holdings plans to upgrade in the next three years.
This set will be reinstalled at the port in the winter, and two lock gates at Gladstone Lock were refurbished to the tune of £5M last year. A further three gates at Gladstone will be upgraded as well.
All ships have to use the gates to enter and leave the dock because of tidal conditions.
The port’s project director, Derek Hendry, said: “These are key assets essential to the smooth running of the port and we are delighted to announce this significant investment.
“Put simply, these facilities allow ships to access the harbour therefore help generate considerable business both for the port and the city of Liverpool.
“We envisage that once all gates and caissons have been upgraded it should ensure they are functional for at least the next 15 years.”