Associated British Ports (ABP), one of the UK’s leading port operators, has announced that a new hybrid crane from lifting solutions provider Liebherr has arrived at the Port of Hull.
The new piece of equipment, worth USD $4.4 million, is expected to boost eco-friendly operations at the port and support the recent growth in business for terminal operator Thor Shipping and Transport.
With the addition of another hybrid crane, Thor Shipping is now able to service two vessels simultaneously, enabling them to meet customer demand.
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In addition to the Liebherr unit, ABP has also purchased two Bromma spreaders that will attach to the crane and help manage container handling operations at the Hull terminal.
According to a statement, the crane was chosen specifically to “future-proof” operations as the port moves towards supplying its own renewable energy, arriving from the Port of Rostock, Germany, fully assembled.
Before the unit was delivered, ABP Humber carried out works to strengthen over 10,000 square metres (sqm) of the operation area, ensuring that it could bear the load of handling containers with reachstackers.
Thomas Bryan, Thor Shipping and Transport Managing Director, said: “We handle an array of cargo including containers, steel and timber. The new crane will provide support across all areas of our operation and increase our capacity for existing and new customers.”
Simon Bird, Regional Director for ABP Humber, also commented: “A great deal of work has been undertaken at this two-berth terminal on King George Dock, and delivery of the Liebherr harbour crane marks the completion of this investment.
“We are fully committed to supporting our customers across the Humber ports, helping them to grow their businesses – keeping Britain trading.”