Hutchison Ports’ Port of Felixstowe has ordered two new gantry cranes for its Berths 8 and 9 from Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industry (ZPMC).
The new cranes will have a 59.5 metre outreach from the quay, sufficient to allow them to handle future generations of container vessels with containers stowed up to 24-wide across the deck. The new cranes of the new cranes is scheduled for February 2018.
Additionally, the port informed that it launched the operation of raising ten of the existing cranes on Trinity Terminal at the port. The maximum operating height of the cranes, also built by ZPMC, will be increased to 46.5 metres.
The greater height will allow them to service vessels with containers stowed up to 11 high on deck unrestricted under all tidal conditions.
The contract to raise the height of the Trinity Terminal cranes has been let to ZPMC’s Dutch subsidiary. Work is due to be completed in December 2018.
“Increasing the total number of cranes on the port and increasing the height of 10 cranes on Trinity Terminal will give us greater flexibility to accommodate the largest categories of ship size. In total, we will have 22 cranes capable of handling the largest container vessels in service,” Clemence Cheng, Executive Director, Hutchison Ports, said.