On July 4-5, 2018, DP World transported two new Liebherr cranes from a build area to the quayside, each move took around two hours, but Mcalpine shot a time-lapse video condensing it into just a few minutes.
The cranes are part of an ongoing investment by DP World to ensure the Port of Southampton continues to grow. It is the UK’s number one export port, handling £40 billion in exports every year, while the total trade it handles is worth £75 billion.
The two new cranes are the largest on the terminal, standing at 129.8 metres and weighing 1,500 tonnes — almost as big as the London Eye, and have a maximum outreach of 24 containers across, making them capable of handling the new generation of 18,000 TEU container ships.
“With bigger vessels discharging and loading more boxes on each call, we need to invest in our infrastructure and equipment if we want to remain competitive,”says Nick Loader, chief operating officer, DP World UK.
“These quay cranes have a 24 container-wide outreach which gives us greater flexibility to handle higher stows. Our customers’ vessels are not only getting bigger but greener and more efficient too,” he added. “The newest container ships to here have engines that can be powered by liquid natural gas to comply with new international maritime emission standards.”