Tuesday, January 18, 2022

New Hybrid Straddle Carriers Deployed to Complete Investment Package

Deep Water Port Sees Latest Acquisitions Start Work
Shipping News Feature
UK – DP World's UK operation, still basking in the satisfaction of obtaining shares in two of the new English Freeports in both the Thames and at Southampton, has now obtained the last of the equipment ordered as part of the £40 million investment it has made in the Hampshire port over the past 12 months.

The arrival and deployment of eleven of what DP World calls, ‘the most sustainable straddle carriers in history’ completes this order and the hybrid machines, which lift containers moved by the quay cranes and then service onward road or rail transport, consume up to 20% less fuel than the diesel-electric powered machines they will replace. Ernst Schulze, UK Chief Executive of DP World, said:

“I am delighted to announce the arrival of a new class of eleven hybrid straddle carriers at Southampton, which illustrates once again DP World’s commitment to improving the nation’s trading infrastructure and playing our part in helping the UK Government meet its target of delivering the net zero 2050 policy.

“The £10 million cost of the straddle carriers is part of DP World’s ongoing £40 million investment in Southampton and should be viewed alongside the recent announcement that we will begin work on a £300 million new fourth berth at our London Gateway logistics hub. As these major investments show, we believe in the UK market and have the ambition and the resources to boost growth, support businesses, create jobs and improve living standards.”

Last year the company also invested in the dredging and widening of berths to ensure continued accommodation of the world’s biggest ships, a £1.5 million extension of a quay crane rail by 120 metres to ensure the world’s biggest cranes can service the entire terminal and a new £3 million empty park which opened in September.

Both Southampton and London Gateway have been awarded Freeport status as part of Solent Freeport and Thames Freeport respectively and say that the two specific locations give them flexibility and clear commercial advantages over their rivals.

Photo: Image by Nigel Howard.