Six new straddle carriers unveiled as port prepares to receive ultra large container ships

Six new straddle carriers unveiled as port prepares to receive ultra large container ships

The six new Kalmar straddle carriers bought by DP World Southampton, for use at the new deep sea container terminal.

Chris Lewis, managing director of DP World Southampton.

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Political reporter

SIX new straddle carriers have been unveiled at Southampton’s docks as part of a major terminal improvement project.

The carriers have been bought by DP World Southampton for £3.6m and form part of plans to create a new deep sea container berth at a terminal in the city’s docks.

Port owners Associated British Ports (ABP) is spending £150m on the project which will allow the port to receive ultra large container ships.

The new Kalmar straddle carriers bought by DP World Southampton will speed up the process of stacking and moving the containers loaded off the ships.

The diesel electric machines have twin lift capacity, which will increase the terminal’s capacity to undertake twin discharges from underneath its cranes.

Just as work is finishing on the deep sea container berth at the terminal, work is beginning to dredge the main approach channel to the port.

The dredge will enable the deepest and largest vessels in the world – including the latest, 18,000-ton container vessels – to access the port.

In the meantime, performance tests will be carried out on the new straddle carriers, alongside additional installation work before they are ready for operation.

DP World Southampton’s managing director Chris Lewis said: “We are committed to investing in our infrastructure and operational capabilities to ensure that Southampton can continue to meet the needs of our customers now and in the future.

“With the new berth that ABP is building, which will open very soon, and this investment by DP World Southampton in our straddle carrier fleet, Southampton is determined to continue to build on its reputation as the most productive terminal in the UK.”

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7:45pm Tue 21 Jan 14

snapperdownunder says...

18000-ton container vessels!!! What tiddlers. lol. Come on Echo, check your facts and statements (or get some decent subbies) before making yourselves look fools.
18000-ton container vessels!!! What tiddlers. lol. Come on Echo, check your facts and statements (or get some decent subbies) before making yourselves look fools. snapperdownunder
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11:40pm Tue 21 Jan 14

southy says...

The dredge will enable the deepest and largest vessels in the world – including the latest, 18,000-ton container vessels – to access the port.

Will allow them to come, but the longest ones will stay away, look at what happen to the Marco Polo it was held up going round in circles in the English channel for 2 days before it could enter port, its to risky for the longest ships, insurance company,s will not cover them if some with go's wrong
The dredge will enable the deepest and largest vessels in the world – including the latest, 18,000-ton container vessels – to access the port. Will allow them to come, but the longest ones will stay away, look at what happen to the Marco Polo it was held up going round in circles in the English channel for 2 days before it could enter port, its to risky for the longest ships, insurance company,s will not cover them if some with go's wrong southy
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