Equipment manufacturer Liebherr has shipped a mobile crane to Chittagong in Bangladesh, with the Irish company utilising the Port of Sunderland once again for exports.
Liebherr has been manufacturing cranes in Sunderland since 1989 and this delivery from Sunderland follows on from exports to India, Bulgaria and Germany earlier in the year.
Sunderland City Council has invested in the port’s warehousing and rail infrastructure in recent years and it is located close to Liebherr Sunderland Works.
Ralph Saelzer, managing director of Liebherr Sunderland, said: “A sustained investment programme at the port is really starting to bear fruit and we are already beginning to reap the benefits, both as a business and a city.
“Not only is it welcomed by us in a business sense, but it is also great for the city and our employees. To be able to see the products they’ve worked so hard on set sail virtually from the factory is absolutely fantastic.”
The port offers deep water river berths and cargo handling facilities that includes heavy lift cranage for project cargo shipments, including the export of crane parts.
Matthew Hunt, Port of Sunderland director, said: “[Liebherr] is one of the region’s most established manufacturers and to have them export cranes directly from Port of Sunderland complements our recent investment and is testament to our commitment to making Sunderland the first port of call for companies looking to develop their presence overseas.”