July 21 - Peel Ports Group has appointed Patrick Walters as group commercial director.

Walters has previous held senior management positions in P&O Ports, DP World and Associated British Ports.

Peel Ports group ceo Mark Whitworth said: "Patrick joins us at an exciting time. We are well advanced with our GBP300 million (USD514 million) investment programme, Liverpool2, which will enable the Port of Liverpool to handle post-Panamax containerships and we have similarly ambitious plans across our other ports and ancillary businesses.

"Patrick will assume direct responsibility for delivering our growth plans and for commercial negotiations, sales, property and business intelligence for the whole group. In the next few years we want to grow our core businesses, focusing on yield management and new commercial ventures and Patrick's stature and experience will be a tremendous asset".