Photo: Port of Felixstowe
The English port has ordered two new gantry cranes for its Berths 8&9, as well as started to raise height 10 of the existing cranes at its Trinity Terminal.
The new cranes, ordered from ZPMC in Shanghai, for delivery in February 2018, will have a 59.5 m outreach, sufficient enough to handle 24-row wide container vessels.
The maximum operating height of 10 Trinity Terminal's cranes, also built by ZPMC and let to ZPMC’s Dutch subsidiary, will be increased to 46.5 metres till December 2018. The greater height will allow them to work vessels with containers stowed up to 11 high on deck unrestricted under all tidal conditions.
"The Port of Felixstowe has facilities to handle vessels of all sizes. It is the clear port-of-choice for the largest mega ships and we had 137 calls by vessels of over 18,000 TEU last year. 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.