British port expands capacity with new cranes

British port expands capacity with new cranes

Great Britain's Port of Felixstowe has received 10 new rubber-tired gantry cranes (RTGCs), and one ship-to-shore gantry crane (SSGC).

The port will receive two more SSGCs, manufactured by Zhenhua Port Machinery Co. of Shanghai, in September and early 2005, to complete the order.

The additions boost the port's total fleet of RTGCs to 88 and 28 SSGCs. The order follows the delivery of 10 RTGCs and two SSGCs for its Trinity Terminal in 2002.

Following full commissioning tests, it is anticipated that all cranes will be fully operational within a short period of time.

The quayside cranes will be amongst the largest in the port, capable of handling containers stowed 22-wide, and will be equipped with twin lift capability and heavy lift capacity of 85 metric tons.

The new RTGCs will be capable of lifting one container over five, and will straddle seven rows of containers, plus a roadway. All of the new cranes will operate at Trinity Terminal.

The new equipment is part of a number of initiatives at Felixstowe to improve productivity and customer service. A crane-heightening program has been in progress for some months, to enable some of the port's oldest quayside cranes to cope with the latest generation of container ships. Work on the final crane is expected to be completed in early March.

In addition, the Port is looking to add an additional 270 meters of deep-water container terminal at Trinity Terminal later in the year, which will enable the Port to accommodate two of the latest very large container vessels simultaneously.