Thursday, February 14, 2019

Larger Crane to Allow Bigger Bulk Cargoes and Unitised Freight

Offshore Energy Helps Drive for Expansion
Shipping News Feature
UK – Liebherr were the chosen suppliers when the Port of Great Yarmouth had a need to upgrade its lifting stock to cope with the ever larger cargoes that came with a plethora of markets. The port, owned by the Peel Port group, chose a new crane with an 84 tonne lifting capacity which will allow customers to further utilise the 24-hour deep-water facility which is able to handle larger volumes of bulk freight and unitised cargo.

The east coast has seen a huge surge in demand from a variety of customers, particularly the offshore energy sector and the Liebherr LHM280 crane is capable of turning over up to 35 Cycles per Hour, bringing increased cargo handling capabilities and allowing for working processes to be shortened. Richard Goffin, Port Director at Great Yarmouth explained this latest move thus:

“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.”

For that growing number of offshore energy providers using the port at Great Yarmouth, the powerful hydrostatic transmission and advanced electronics ensure short, productive working cycles for companies transporting bulk items and among those benefitting from the investment is ASCO, a materials management and logistics company for the global energy industry. Glenn Hurren, UK Managing Director at ASCO, said:

"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. Our customers will benefit from the increased handling capabilities and shorter timescales for the mobilisation and demobilisation of cargo."

The increased port capabilities will also cut down onward journey times for construction companies which can use the port which brings them closer to areas of development such as the Cambridge corridor. Cllr Graham Plant, leader of Great Yarmouth Borough Council, observed:

“As a council we are working alongside Peel Ports Great Yarmouth, with excellent support from the county council and LEP, to maximise opportunities for investment, job-creation and growth associated with the port. This new crane is yet more welcome private sector investment in the Outer Harbour and it will further enhance the port’s capabilities, helping to attract new business to the borough and region while benefitting existing port users, many of which are based locally.”