Chris Lewis, CEO of Hutchison Ports (UK) Limited, which owns the Port of Felixstowe, commented: “This delivery follows the recent delivery of a new rail-mounted gantry crane for the Port’s Southern Rail Terminal. Together with the extension of the terminal, the new crane will help boost the volume of traffic moving by rail from the Port.”
The new rail terminal crane and the quayside cranes were all manufactured by Zhenhua Port Machinery Company (ZPMC) in Shanghai and transported fully erected to the Port of Felixstowe. They will undergo an intense commissioning and testing process before going into operation.
The Port of Felixstowe awarded a contract for the further expansion of the Port to Costain in May. The Felixstowe South Reconfiguration will eventually increase capacity at the UK’s largest container port by 50%. Its first berth will be the first new deepwater container berth to be built in the UK since the completion of the Port’s Trinity Terminal, and will become operational in 2010.