Two new ship-to-shore gantry cranes worth £10.5mn are due to come into operation this month at the Hull Container Terminal, more than doubling its capacity to over 400,000 teu a year.
The Liebherr cranes, which took around 11 months to build in Ireland, arrived fully assembled on Feb 15. They were shipped in three days on the HHL Lagos, 17,644gt, which has a heavy lift crane on board to carefully place the new cranes on the quayside crane rails.
The 600 tonnes and 50m high cranes are part of a recent £15mn investment by the port’s owners, Associated British Ports (ABP), which also includes the purchase of equipment such as reach stackers and tug trailers, and the creation of 9,000 sq m of new container storage area.
ABP has committed to invest a total of £50mn in its container terminals on the Humber - in Immingham and Hull - in response to continued growth in demand.
ABP Humber director, Simon Bird, said: “Across the Humber, our container terminals have seen a 41 per cent growth in volumes since 2013.”