A new £3.5mn hybrid Liebherr crane has been delivered to Associated British Ports (ABP) for operation at Hull to support Thor Shipping & Transport’s recent growth in business.
The crane will enable the company to work on two ships at the same time 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Thomas Bryan, Thor Shipping & Transport managing director, 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.”
The crane was shipped from Rostock, in German, fully assembled. On arrival at Hull, the specially-constructed ship used water to lift her platform up and down, making it level with the quayside. Once the lashings were removed, the crane was driven over the side of the ship and onto the terminal, taking a time of four hours.
ABP has also purchased two new Bromma container spreaders that will attach to the crane, and Thor Shipping has ordered two Kalmar reachstackers to ensure efficient operations.