New cranes arrive at port

SHIPSPOTTERS will have an unusual sight on which to train their binoculars tonight as a vessel carrying a multi-million pound cargo of three cranes arrives at Britain's biggest port.

SHIPSPOTTERS will have an unusual sight on which to train their binoculars tonight as a vessel carrying a multi-million pound cargo of three cranes arrives at Britain's biggest port.

The 48,145-ton Zhen Hua 11 is scheduled to arrive at the Port of Felixstowe at midnight with the rubber-tyred gantry cranes from Shanghai in China.

The cranes have endured a nine-week sea journey on the 244-metre long vessel, throughout which they were specially braced against bad weather and heavy seas.

Once unloaded, it will be necessary to remove the sea-bracings to allow the cranes to be checked and any minor adjustments made.

Following full commissioning tests, it is anticipated that all cranes - which will work in the quayside container parks at the 700-acre port complex - will be fully operational within a short period of time.

They are part of an order for 12 new rubber-tyred gantry cranes which port owners Hutchison Port Holdings has placed with Zhenhua Port Machinery Company (ZPMC) in Shanghai.

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The new cranes are capable of lifting one container over five, and can straddle seven rows of containers.

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