Huge new crane swings into action in Immingham for DFDS

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 14 Jan 2019

Handling capacity at Port of Immingham has been boosted with the arrival of DFDS’ new multi-million pound 124-tonne harbour crane.

The addition to the existing equipment is to support the recently enhanced shipping service between Immingham, Norway and Belgium, while boosting the terminal’s lift on / lift off container operations, project cargo and break-bulk cargo handling.

“The new crane is part of an exciting investment and expansion programme at Immingham,” DFDS Seaways managing director Andrew Byrne said. “Despite the present global uncertainty we are growing our range of services and improving the experience for our customers. This crane is the embodiment of that programme and I know a number of our staff are really excited about the prospect of operating such a large and technologically advanced machine.“

A new crane, the largest on the port, arrives at DFDS' terminal.

With an overall capacity of 124 tonnes under the hook and with a 48-metre boom, although classed as a mobile crane, the Liebherr LMH 420 will spend most of its working life serving vessels at DFDS Dockside, the Immingham inner harbour operated by DFDS.

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Arriving fully assembled directly from the German manufacturer’s factory on a specially-chartered vessel, it was commissioned and operational in days - making its way onto the quayside after a choppy crossing under its own power.

Arrival of the new Liebherr crane, Immingham

Terminal director Alan Finch said: “The new crane will operate in conjunction with our existing Gottwald crane to maximise the lifespan of the terminal’s 18-year-old equipment and will assist in consecutive dual activities, to enhance customer co-operation and flexibility and eliminate the need for additional crane hire.

“DFDS Dockside is a well-established facility for large project cargo and heavy lift imports and exports, either through specific ‘project type’ conventional vessels or the DFDS liner service network.

DFDS Seaways managing director Andrew Byrne and terminal director Alan Finch, with the new crane at Immingham.

“With this significant investment we can lift even heavier cargoes for third party shippers with the flexibility of shorter lead times. Alongside heavy lift cargo, DFDS Dockside is also a hive of activity for a wide range of other lift-on / lift off commodities and units such as steel, containers and general break bulk cargo.”



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