Friday, March 1, 2013

First Shot of Giant Cranes Shipping Upriver to New London Gateway Container Port

Chinese Vessel Crawls Up a Misty Thames with First Tranche of Quay Furniture
Shipping News Feature

UK - Our photo shows the first sight of new cranes sailing up through the Thames as they loomed out of the mist past Leigh on Sea early this morning headed to the new, giant container shipping port that will be London Gateway. DP World’s new baby, intended to be Britain’s newest and most influential deep-sea container port, will take delivery of three giant quay cranes today when the freighter Zhen Hua 26 sails up the Thames on the final leg of the cranes’ three month voyage from China.

The biggest ever to be delivered to the UK, the cranes are 138 metres tall – two and a half times the height of Nelson’s column – and are upright on the ship. Weighing 2,000 tonnes, it would be possible to roll the London Eye under the lifting arm. These are of course just the first quay cranes destined for London Gateway. A further twenty one will be delivered once construction on the six main berths is completed. The quay itself, where the cranes will sit, will be over 2.5 km in length once the port is fully operational.

The installation of the giant cranes when complete will transform what has hitherto been simply a giant quayside giving a glimpse of what the future holds for the port. In past days London Docks were not just the premier port in the UK but across the world. Given the current situation a return to such glories are an unreal aspiration but with the presence of the largest logistics park in Europe proposed the management at the new London port will certainly aim to target a senior position amongst the continents freight transhipment facilities.