First remote-controlled cranes for Felixstowe

FELIXSTOWE: The Port of Felixstowe has taken delivery of its first two remote control ship-to-shore gantry cranes from ZPMC in Shanghai.

Instead of being in a cab 50 metres above the quay, the drivers will be located in a nearby operations centre to work vessels with containers stowed 11-high and 24-wide on deck.

In addition to the new cranes, the port is also creating an extra 18,000 TEU of container storage capacity, upgrading its terminal operating system, raising the height of 10 ship-to-shore cranes on Trinity Terminal and has eight additional yard cranes on order for delivery in early 2019.

Port of Felixstowe CEO and executive director for Hutchison Ports Clemence Cheng said: “These new cranes are the latest acquisition in our ongoing investment programme to provide the best equipment, infrastructure and systems for our customers. They will further enhance our capability to work multiple mega-vessels simultaneously.

“Remote control quay cranes have been pioneered at other Hutchison Ports terminals. Their introduction at Felixstowe will improve the working conditions of the drivers, enhance safety and benefit communications within operational teams,” he added.