Watch as huge £10.5m cranes arrive in Hull

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 19 Feb 2018

This is the moment two state-of-the-art cranes worth £10.5m arrived at ABP's Hull Container Terminal - and they made an impressive entrance.

They will enable the terminal to handle double the volume of trade by increasing capacity to more than 400,000 units per year.

The giant 600 tonne and 50m high ship-to-shore gantry cranes arrived fully assembled through the lock gates on February 15.

The new cranes are part of a recent £15m investment which also includes the purchase of equipment such as reach stackers and tug trailers, and the creation of 9,000sq m of new storage for customers.

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ABP has committed to invest a total of £50m in its container terminals on the Humber - located in Immingham and Hull - in response to continued growth in demand.

ABP has committed to invest a total of £50 million in its container terminals on the Humber (Image: ABP)

Simon Bird, ABP Humber director, said: “This major investment underlines our confidence in the future as growth in our container business looks set to continue in the years ahead.

“Across the Humber, our container terminals have seen a 41 per cent growth in volumes since 2013. Our ambition is to build on this success by continuing to deliver state-of-the-art equipment and first-class infrastructure to benefit our customers and the wider economy.”

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The Liebherr cranes are bespoke made and took around 11 months to build in Ireland.

They were shipped in three days via a special 168m vessel called HHL Lagos which has a heavy lift crane on board to carefully place the new cranes on the quayside crane rails. The cranes will be fully operational by the beginning of April 2018.

The Liebherr cranes are bespoke made and took around 11 months to build in Ireland (Image: ABP)

Hull’s 10 acre container terminal is the third largest short sea container port on the east coast and, during August 2017, ten new employees were taken on in preparation for the increased demand of the 24-hour operation.

ABP’s four ports on the Humber (Grimsby, Goole, Immingham and Hull) handle around 13 per cent of all of the UK’s seaborne trade. Every year the ports handle £75bn worth of trade, more than the Mersey, Tyne and Tees combined.

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