Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Freight Materials Handling Group Invests 700K in New Crane for North West Ports

Mobile Capability Now Being Widely Used by Multiple Commercial Ports
Shipping News Feature
UK – Quality Freight UK, which has added bulk logistics to a portfolio which already included container feeder services, brokerage and road haulage, has significantly increased its cranage capability at its Ellesmere Port, Cheshire main operation by investing over £700,000 to acquire a Fuchs MHL390 crane. The latest addition complements QF UK's other cranes, a MHL360 wheeled crane based at its Ellesmere Port terminal, a Liebherr 150 and an RHL340 tracked crane.

In addition to its 40 acre multi-modal facility in Ellesmere Port, the group has bases in Dublin, Belfast, Cork, Knock, Hull, Chatham and Rotterdam. The new Fuchs MHL390 is capable of handling over 400 tonnes per hour of bulk cargoes and Sebastian Gardiner, Managing Director of Quality Freight UK, said:

“This significant further investment in the business will achieve a number of objectives. It will allow us to increase bulk volumes in the port, allow multi-vessel working and enhance customer service through faster vessel turnaround. We have seen volumes increase by over 20% during the past 12 months and are extremely confident about business prospects moving into 2018. Adding this new Fuchs crane to our fleet was therefore a natural next step, increasing cranage at Ellesmere Port and futureproofing QF UK’s handling capabilities.”

The investment also enables QF UK to maximise the usage of its mobile cranes at client sites. The company’s MHL360 and RHL340 are regularly moved at short notice to locations across the North West of England and mobile crane services form an important part of the total logistics service provided by QF UK. Gardiner added:

“Some companies are tapping into our mobile crane capability as a standalone service, while others are choosing to integrate it as part of a much wider logistics solution.”