The Port of Hull has received a £3.5m (US$4.4m) hybrid Liebherr harbour crane that aims to support growing business and eco-friendly operations.
The new crane allows Thor Shipping & Transport, which has just committed to a new 10 year agreement, to work on two vessels simultaneously in order to meet the needs of its customers 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The company’s managing director, Thomas Bryan, said: “We handle an array of cargo including containers, steel and timber.
“The new crane will provide support across all areas of our operation and increase our capacity for existing and new customers.”
A hybrid crane was specifically chosen with the aim to future proof operations as the port moves towards supplying its own renewable energy.
Shipped from the Port of Rostock in Germany fully assembled, the equipment took only four hours to install at the terminal.
The crane was purchased by ABP Humber and marks the completion of a package of investment announced early in 2019 by ABP.
Ahead of its arrival, ABP Humber strengthened over 10,000 sq m of the operation area, which can now bear the load of handling containers with reachstackers.
Lighting at the terminal was also upgraded from 18 m lattice towers to 25 m LED high masts.
Regional director ABP Humber said: “A great deal of work has been undertaken at this two-berth terminal on King George Dock, and delivery of the Liebherr harbour crane marks the completion of this investment.
“We are fully committed to supporting our customers across the Humber ports, helping them to grow their businesses – keeping Britain trading.”