The first three ship-to-shore gantry cranes have been delivered to Felixstowe’s new Felixstowe South development. The cranes are capable of handling future generations of container ships with 24 containers wide on deck.
Chief executive David Gledhill, said: “With the first of the quayside cranes on site, Felixstowe South is quickly becoming a reality. We recently took delivery of the first batch of yard cranes and the main work on the quay wall is complete, with the fenders now being fitted. We are making good progress laying the 19 million concrete blocks that will make up the storage yard area and will have everything in place to handle the first trial vessels later this year.”
“It was only a few years ago that we saw the first 10,000 TEU ship enter service but within the next few years there will be over 100 of these massive ships on the major trade routes. It is essential for UK shippers and receivers that we have the facilities to accommodate these mega-ships and Felixstowe South gives us that.”