The port of Dover has selected Konecranes to supply two Gottwald Model 5 Mobile Habour Cranes to equip the newest cargo facilities as part of the Dover Wester Docks Revival project (DWDR).
The DWDR is the single biggest investment ever undertaken by the Port of Dover and looks to transform the port to deliver long-term capacity for a key international gateway.
The terminal will be served by completely new marine and land infrastructure including two deep-water cargo berths — and is set to handle approximately $165 billion (£122 billion) worth of trade, representing up to 17% of UK trade in goods.
DWDR Programme Director at the Port of Dover, Dave Herrod, said: “The new multi-purpose cargo terminal and the ongoing transformation of the Western Docks are perfectly placed to take European logistics to the next level and give businesses a competitive edge.
“We have opted once more for versatile cranes to help us meet the future demands of the business and deliver a rapid turnaround for a new generation Port of Dover customers.”
The eco-friendly diesel-electric cranes will mainly handle containers and palletised fruit at the port of Dover’s new multi-purpose refrigerated cargo terminal, which is set to open in the first quarter of 2019.
The Model 5 mobile harbour cranes utilize a hybrid drive technology to help maximize fuel economy, reduce exhaust emission and help create a quieter operating environment at the port.
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General Manager at Port of Dover Cargo, Sam Stewart, said: “The completion of the contract for the supply of the cranes is another step forward in the delivery of the enhanced cargo facilities to meet future demand for services and to strengthen Port of Dover Cargo position as the ultimate strategic location with fast, dedicated and direct access to the wider UK and Europe.”
Regional Sales & Service Director of Konecranes Port Solutions, Neil Griffiths, commented: “UK ports are currently investing in new and more powerful quayside handling equipment to meet ever-changing market demands.
“We are pleased that one of the leading ports has again opted for Konecranes.”