AAL delivers new container cranes for Hutchison’s Felixstowe expansion

AAL has delivered four electric-powered and remote-controlled Rubber Tyred Gantry Cranes to Hutchison Ports in Port of Felixstowe. The new cranes will be used to expand the terminal with 18,000 teu of extra container storage.

The four electric-powered cranes were built by ZPMC in Shanghai and are the first of eight similar machines to be delivered over the next few weeks. The port also has two remote-controlled ship-to-shore gantry cranes currently undergoing manual testing before being deployed in full remote mode.

The new RTGs will serve Berths 8&9 where an additional 18,000 TEU of container storage has been created to meet growing demand at the UK’s leading container port. The new cranes are electric-powered and capable of stacking containers 6-high to enable more efficient use to be made of the new yard area.

Commenting on the latest equipment, Robert Ashton, Operations Director at the Port of Felixstowe, said:

“The new cranes represent an important step towards a greater degree of remote working at the Port of Felixstowe. Remote working will deliver benefits for both our employees and our customers.

“For the drivers, the ergonomics are much better than a traditional operation. The physical stress to a driver’s back, neck and shoulders will be significantly reduced and the vibrations experienced as cranes operate will be eliminated altogether. Operationally, we will be able to deploy equipment more dynamically to meet peaks in demand and locating operators, vessel controllers and supervisors closer to one another will lead to improvements in alignment and communication.”

Author: Tobias Pieffers

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