Cranes to double Felixstowe rail capacity

The Liebherr cranes will span the new nine track rail terminal at the Port of Felixstowe The Liebherr cranes will span the new nine track rail terminal at the Port of Felixstowe

The UK’s Port of Felixstowe has received three state-of-the-art rail mounted gantry cranes (RMGs) that will form part of a new rail terminal to double the port’s rail capacity.

The cranes, which were manufactured by Ireland’s Liebherr, will span the new nine track rail terminal at the port, making them the largest intermodal rail terminal cranes in the UK.

The port says it’s vital that it has the most up to date technological equipment to provide its customers with a highly efficient service.

Clemence Cheng, CEO, of Hutchison Ports (UK) Ltd, which owns the Port of Felixstowe, said: “The arrival of our new cranes is an important milestone in Felixstowe’s plans to deliver the most cost and environmentally efficient logistics infrastructure in the UK, with the opening of our new rail terminal in the summer of this year.”

He added: “We have listened to our customers and the government on the importance of rail freight in the reduction of logistics cost, as well as reducing carbon footprint, and continue to invest in our rail capability.”

Engineering work on the new terminal, which has been co-financed by the European Union Trans European Transport Network (TEN-T) programme, is near completion.

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