The Port of Great Yarmouth, owned by Peel Ports Group, has taken delivery of a new crane from Liebherr, a move which is expected to improve its ability to handle larger cargoes.
According to a statement from Peel Ports, the new machine’s lifting capacity of 84 tonnes will allow Great Yarmouth’s customers to utilize its deep-water facility further.
The LHM280 crane is capable of 35 cycles per hour, boosting cargo handling capabilities and shortening mobilisation and demobilisation processes.
Peel Ports expects the improved facilities to help Great Yarmouth provide a reliable and competitive service to customers, especially as an increasing number of “shipping providers” are now deciding to utilize east coast ports in the UK.
Several companies are also anticipating the benefits of the new crane, including materials management and logistics company ASCO.
Liebherr Crane (Credit: Peel Ports)
Glenn Hurren, UK Managing Director at ASCO, commented: “It is highly encouraging to see the continuous improvement and investment in infrastructure at Peel Ports.
“The new state-of-the-art crane will provide further operational efficiencies and enhance our UK Southern North Sea operations.”
The port’s increased capabilities will also reduce journey times for construction companies using the port, bringing them closer to areas of development.
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Richard Goffin, Port Director at Great Yarmouth, said: “The state-of-the-art crane marks our latest investment into the development of the port at Great Yarmouth, which also included the integration of the river port and deep-water harbour which were acquired in 2015.
“Great Yarmouth handles supplies for a variety of industries handling bulk goods, including the offshore, renewable, decommissioning, agri-bulk and aggregates markets, with the new crane allowing us to service greater amounts of cargo in a shorter amount of time, providing a more productive and flexible solution to our customers.”