Giant cranes for DP World’s London Gateway

05 Mar 2013
The cranes will operate on a new quay wall at the London Gateway

The cranes will operate on a new quay wall at the London Gateway

Following a two month sea voyage from China, three giant cranes, each measuring 138m in height, arrived at the UK’s new global shipping port, DP World’s London Gateway last week.

The cranes, which were built and delivered by quay crane developer, Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Company (ZPMC), each weigh 2,000 tonnes. They will operate on a new quay wall which is 2.7km in length with foundations that are 50m deep.

The giant cranes are the first in the UK to be able to lift four containers at once. This will enable the world’s largest ships to be unloaded faster and more efficiently in the future.

Simon Moore, CEO, DP World London Gateway, said: “These cranes will bring new innovation and efficiency to the supply chain industry. It won’t be long before importers and exporters across the country will be able to cut costs dramatically from their supply chains by choosing London Gateway, a port which is much closer to where goods need to go."

Ahsan Agha, mechanical and electrical services manager, London Gateway, who is responsible for the design and build of the cranes, added: “These cranes are what London Gateway is all about. They are future-proofing Britain’s ability to trade with the rest of the world and I’m proud to see them arrive. It’s a huge step forward for the whole team at London Gateway.”

Two more cranes set sail bound for the new port earlier this week and a further 19 cranes are planned for delivery over the coming years.

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