Photo: Port of Hull
The two £10.5m worth ship-to-shore cranes, manufactured by Liebherr in its plant in Ireland and delivered fully-built in February, have served their first ship.
On 23 March, Thea II arrived in Hull from the Port of Amsterdam. The new 50 m high gantries helped her to discharge and load 180 containers.
"After taking around a year to construct and even longer to plan, seeing these colossal cranes up and running ahead of schedule is a highly-anticipated moment," Simon Bird, ABP Humber Director, said.
He added, "These huge pieces of kit will be part of Hull's skyline for at least 20 years serving around 10,000 vessels in their lifetime."
Most recently, Samskip kicked off a new sea container service between Hull and Amsterdam with three weekly sailings.
After expanding the terminal, the Port of Hull, a member of the Associated British Ports, can handle up to 400k containers/year.