The eco-efficient diesel-electric Model 5 Mobile Harbour Cranes will handle mainly containers and palletised fruit at Port of Dover’s new multi-purpose refrigerated cargo terminal, which is scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2019. The cranes will operate with the Hybrid drive technology to maximize fuel economy, reduce exhaust emissions and help the Port create a quieter operating environment.
Dave Herrod, DWDR Programme Director at the Port of Dover, said: “The new multi-purpose cargo terminal and the ongoing transformation of the Western Docks are perfectly placed to take European logistics to the next level and give businesses a competitive edge. We have opted once more for versatile cranes to help us meet the future demands of the business and deliver a rapid turnaround for a new generation Port of Dover customers.”
The terminal will be served by completely new marine and land infrastructure including two deep-water cargo berths (Berth A: 251m and Berth C: 300m in length, plus a dolphin). The Model 5 Mobile Harbour Cranes in the G HMK 5506 two-rope variant provide a strong lifting capacity profile with a maximum lifting capacity of 125t, and an outreach of up to 51m.
Neil Griffiths, Regional Sales & Service Director, Konecranes Port Solutions, explains: “UK ports are currently investing in new and more powerful quayside handling equipment to meet ever changing market demands. We are pleased that one of the leading ports has again opted for Konecranes.”
Sam Stewart, General Manager at Port of Dover Cargo Ltd, said: “The completion of the contract for the supply of the cranes is another step forward in the delivery of the enhanced cargo facilities to meet future demand for services and to strengthen Port of Dover Cargo Ltd’s position as the ultimate strategic location with fast, dedicated and direct access to the wider UK and Europe.”
DWDR is the single biggest investment ever undertaken by the Port of Dover and represents the next exciting evolution of the Port, delivering long-term capacity for a key international gateway handling trade to the value of £122bn (€138bn) and representing up to 17% of UK trade in goods.
Source: www.doverport.co.uk, 15 May 2018