Four latest-generation gantry cranes were delivered to GMP – Port Synergy-operated Terminal de France at the Port of Le Havre.
The new gantries, which each have a lifting capacity of 54 m under the spreader and a range of 26 container rows, are scheduled to go into operation by October 2020.
Le Havre’s Port 2000 was designed to accommodate the world’s largest container ships and the construction of the docks was designed to accommodate modern port equipment such as the new gantries.
Studies were carried out to make the week-long unloading process safe and as such, temporary rails were positioned at the edge of the dock to move each gantry using powerful winches from ship to quay.
The acquisition is part of the development of GMP – Port Synergy, which already operates 10 gantries on Le Havre’s port 2000 terminals.
Plans for Port 2000’s completion are continuing with land preparation and construction work on the quay at Stations 11 and 12 having begun, covering 42 ha and 700 m of additional linear quay space. The new container terminal is expected to be operational in 2024.
Additionally, completion of the study phase for the direct river access to Port 2000 project is expected to take place by the end of the year to make way for the public inquiry.
The first work is expected to start in 2022, with commissioning at the end of 2023.