Port of Felixstowe adds 3 cranes

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The Port of Felixstowe has added three post-Panamax ship-to-shore gantry cranes to its fleet, bringing its total number of quayside cranes up to 29.

The cranes have the ability to extend over 22 containers, have twin-lift capability and a heavy lift capacity of 85 tonnes.

They were manufactured by Zhenhua Port Machinery Company in Shanghai, with the first three transported to the port earlier this year, before the commissioning process began in March.

As part of the same order a further two cranes will be delivered in July 2008.

Felixstowe South is currently being reconfigured, involving the conversion of an area previously used by P&O North Sea Ferries, as well as the Dock Basin and Landguard Terminals, into a deep water container terminal.

Work began in May this year, with the first phase due to open in April 2010. Once the whole scheme is complete the port capacity will increase by 50 per cent.


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