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Shipping Minister Mike Penning has written to John Denham, Labour MP for Southampton Itchen, to confirm that Liverpool City Council may have to pay a financial penalty for commencing it's port turnaround operations too early.
You're breaking the law - that's the accusation made by port officials in Southampton today as the war of words with Merseyside rival Liverpool reached boiling point.
The dispute has been simmering for months: Southampton determined to protect its business, Liverpool desperate for a share of the lucrative trade.
In the latest move the European Union says it's investigating and Liverpool could face heavy fines. Our transport correspondent Mike Pearse has more.
Our transport correspondent Mike Pearse has sent us this picture of the Ocean Countess arriving in Liverpool. The port there wants to operate as departure terminal for cruises, putting Southampton's cruise trade at risk. Firms in the south say what Liverpool's doing is against EU law.
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Exclusive report: Concern is growing in the South's cruise industry as new rival Liverpool welcomes its second ship of passengers ashore.