Port of Immingham expands crane fleet with £2 million investment in new machine

October 2, 2014

Associated British Ports’ (ABP) Port of Immingham has seen its fleet of cranes expand with the addition of a brand new machine worth £2 million.

The crane, a Terex / Gottwald HMK 170 EG, was shipped over to Immingham direct from the Gottwald factory in Dusseldorf, Germany, to be used for a wide variety of cargoes, as ABP Port Manager for Grimsby & Immingham Mike Sellers explains. 

“The new crane will be used to move anything from bulk cargoes to hook work and everything in between,” said Mike. “We’ve recently secured new soda ash business which created a requirement for additional equipment, plus this crane is slightly smaller than some of the others in the existing fleet, which means it can be moved around the port estate and the quaysides more easily.

“It’s essential that we make efforts to continually improve efficiency in order to ensure our operations and those of our customers remain competitive and that Immingham is allowed to develop and grow.

“This latest purchase, which forms part of our planned programme of ongoing investment, means the port will continue to thrive and support local jobs.”

The new crane is 50 metres high and weighs approximately 280 tonnes. It took four days to reach Immingham by sea and has now joined the rest of the Immingham fleet of 18 machines which is worth around £50 million.

Immingham is the UK’s busiest port by tonnage which, along with the three other Humber ports, contributes around £1.5 billion to the regional economy and supports 14,000 jobs in the area.

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