More cranes unload in Felixstowe

FELIXSTOWE, UK: May 2019. AAL has successfully delivered four rubber-tired gantry cranes (RTGs) to the Port of Felixstowe as part of a development project to add 18,000 TEU of container storage capacity.

The ZPMC Chinese-made RTGs were loaded in Shanghai and shipped to Felixstowe aboard the 31,000 dwt MPV AAL Kobe for the CPIA forwarding and shipping agency.

Each unit measured 32 metres x 14 metres x 30 metres and weighed nearly 200 tons.

The remote controlled RTGs will serve Berths 8 and 9 at the Port and are capable of stacking containers six-high to enable more efficient use of the new yard. All four units were discharged using the Kobe’s 700-ton max lift cranes.

AAL’s Commercial director Christophe Grammare commented: “We are delighted to be back in the UK and calling for the first time in Felixstowe with such an impressive project cargo.

“Although the UK is a significant container shipping market – Felixstowe being the 6th busiest container port in Europe with about 26 million tons of cargo each year – it is not immediately associated with project heavy lift cargo. The RTGs were shipped on-deck of the AAL Kobe which, with a highly flexible cargo capacity of almost 40,000 cubic metres was also carrying additional project cargo under-deck that was discharged a few days later in Ireland.”