Two more of the UK’s most technically advanced quay cranes have arrived at DP World London Gateway port on the Thames.

The cranes completed a sea voyage from China on vessel Zhen Hua (above). When installed they will match the port's existing cranes in providing the greatest lift-height above water of any quay cranes in the UK.  

They are for a third berth at the state-of-the-art container terminal, providing additional trade infrastructure for the UK when the berth opens later this year. This investment ensures the Thames is able to handle the world’s largest container ships.

Another two cranes for the third berth are due to arrive in London, moving development of the terminal’s third berth onto the next stage.

At their highest point, the quay cranes stand at 138 metres (459 foot) tall – the same height as the London Eye. They weigh 2,000 tons and are unloaded from the vessel onto Gateway’s quay wall using pulleys and winches at high tide. The process of moving these mega-structures safely onto the quay takes 45 minutes.

Once the third berth is open, the port will have 1250 metres of quay wall, providing three deep-water berths and more ultra-large container vessel capacity than any other port in the UK.

Cameron Thorpe, CEO, DP World London Gateway, said: “As an island nation, it is absolutely vital that the UK has world-class port infrastructure to facilitate trade.

"In addition to the eight already in operation here, the arrival of these quay cranes and further investment in supplementary infrastructure such as our fully automated truck handling capability, ensures that the UK is able to efficiently and reliably handle the largest container ships afloat.

“These cranes are unique in the UK. They are safer, more wind resilient, able to lift more containers in one movement and comfortably reach out across and above the largest container ships."

The port is located at Stanford-le-Hope,Essex on the same estate as one of the UK’s largest logistics parks, where work is continuing on UPS’s 35,000m² parcel sorting hub - the parcel company’s largest investment outside of the USA and due to open next year.

Story dated June xxxx 2016