Associated British Ports (ABP) has invested £2.3 million ($2.96 million) in a new energy efficient crane to benefit customers at the Port of Newport, according to a 27 November announcement.
The new machine, a Mantsinen 120M materials handler, utilises the latest technology and is fitted with a HybriLift energy storage system that will decrease energy consumption by 35%.
“The Port of Newport plays a major role in supporting international trade,” said Andrew Harston, Regional Director, ABP Wales & Short Sea Ports.
“Our operations support a diverse range of customers and commodities and we are constantly evolving to accommodate dynamic market trends. The purchase of this adaptable and energy efficient crane will help us enhance the services we provide to our current and future port customers.”
The crane was purchased through Cooper Specialised Handling who are an exclusive UK distributor of Mantsinen hydraulic cranes.
ABP’s Port of Newport handles a wide mix of cargo for its customers, including steel, forest products, and bulk materials for the agricultural sector. The Mantsinen 120M can easily be fitted with different attachments to safely handle these commodities.
ABP handles over 1.5 million vehicles every year, handles 90 million tonnes of cargo per year and owns 5,000 hectares of port estate.
The company contributes £7.5 billion to the UK economy every year and supports 119,000 jobs.
According to the company, the current investment programme promises to further increase our contribution to regional economies around the UK.