Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Ship to Shore Cranes Arrive to Extend Port's Freight Handling Capacity

Just One Tranche from Huge Order to Speed Container Operations
Shipping News Feature

UK – Three of the eight giant ship to shore cranes ordered by Peel Ports arrived this week at their new home on the eastern bank of the River Mersey having made the long sea voyage from China aboard the specialist transporter vessel Zhen Hua 25. The cranes are part of work on the second phase of the Liverpool2 project to provide additional capacity for growing volumes of cargo.

The huge trio originally set off from Shanghai on 15 September passing south-east Asia, India, the Arabian Peninsula and Africa via the Cape of Good Hope en route to Liverpool in a journey of over 16,400 nautical miles (30,000 kilometres). Their arrival follows Peel Ports announcing a record-breaking month for its container operations at the Port of Liverpool. Quayside and landside throughput in October exceeded all previous figures on record with year on year growth of 12%.

The immense structures, each 92 metres high, were produced by Chinese company, Zhenhua Heavy Industries Co (ZPMC), the largest heavy-duty equipment manufacturer in the world, as part of a contract with Peel Ports worth over £100 million. An overall total of 8 ship-to-shore megamax cranes and 22 cantilever rail-mounted gantry cranes are being supplied in the deal.

The cranes stand as tall as Liverpool’s iconic Liver building but extend upward another 40 metres when the booms are raised and are capable of twin-pick and outreach of 24 containers up to 10 high on deck, more than enough for the new breed of giant box carrying ships. Each has a safe working load of 85 tonnes and can operate at over 30 move per hour in wind speeds of up to 55 miles per hour (88kmph). Mark Whitworth, Chief Executive Officer of Peel Ports, said:

“An increasing number of businesses are understanding that it makes more sense to ship products closer to their end destinations. The investment we’ve made in these cranes and elsewhere at the port is crucial to providing us with the capacity to meet growing demand, especially with Liverpool handling record container volumes in October.”

Photo: The giant cranes arrive at the berth at the south of the Liverpool2 terminal ready for offloading.