Saturday, November 3, 2012

New Crane Order for Container Port After Freight Handling Record Broken

Shipping News Feature

IRELAND - UK – Liebherr has reinforced its reputation in Britain’s second busiest container port with the announcement this week that it has received an order to supply four more of the company’s Megamax ship to shore container cranes to Associated British Ports, Southampton. The securing of this contract comes on the back of a new UK ship to shore productivity record which was set by a Liebherr megamax ship to shore crane at the Port of Southampton. On the 17th October the Liebherr crane moved a total of 651 freight containers, which equates to over 54 containers an hour in a 12 hour shift.

The cranes will be operational early in 2014 and will be able to work the largest vessels of up to 24 rows. The increase in operational capacity that the new cranes will provide and the productivity that Liebherr Cranes are achieving ensures that the Port of Southampton is well placed to meet future market demands. Speaking about the recent record and subsequent order, Mr Pat. O’Leary, managing director of Liebherr Container Cranes commented:

“Liebherr is delighted to have been awarded this contract which will bring the number of Liebherr STS at the Port of Southampton to ten. This order reflects the confidence which ABP and DP World Southampton have in the ability of the Liebherr product to deliver their requirements in respect of performance and customer service”