Cruise alliance joins port battle

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A PETITION has been launched to try and stop Liverpool becoming a start and end point for cruises – a move that could cost Portsmouth millions of pounds every year.

The UK Cruise Port Alliance has waded into the battle, which has come after Liverpool’s docks, owned by Peel Ltd, used £21m of government and EU cash, to build a ‘stop-off’ point for cruise ships.

But Peel Ltd says it intends to become a point of departure and arrival – making it a direct threat to Portsmouth’s own growing reputation as a cruise start and end point.

UKPA chairman Jimmy Chestnutt, who is also chairman of Hampshire Chamber of Commerce, said: ‘Our concern is not about competition – it is about unfair competition.

‘Other ports and port operators have had to spend shareholders’ money to build their turnaround facilities.’

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