Manufactured by Zhenhua Port Machinery Company (ZPMC) in Shanghai and transported, fully erect, to Felixstowe earlier this year, the cranes have an outreach over 22 containers and feature twin-lift capability with a heavy lift capacity of 85 tonnes. The Port is set to receive a further delivery of two ship-to-shore cranes as part of the same order in July 2008.
Chris Lewis, chief executive officer of Hutchison Ports (UK) Limited, which owns the Port of Felixstowe, commented: “The commissioning of these new cranes consolidates our position as the premier gateway for UK deep-sea container traffic. As well as the most modern container-handling equipment, Felixstowe has an unrivalled location adjacent to the major shipping lanes and the deepest approach channel of any UK container port.”
“We are already capable of accommodating the largest container ships currently on order and with further investment in state-of-the-art container handling equipment, Felixstowe will be able to offer the operators of these ships even greater flexibility in the future.”
Construction on the Felixstowe South scheme – the only deep-water container development currently under construction in the UK – commenced in May 2008. The first phase is due to open in April 2010.