Two huge new cranes for Southampton's Western Docks

Daily Echo: A section of one of the two enormous, new cranes, due to enter service next May, is unloaded at DP World Southampton, in the city’s Western Docks. A section of one of the two enormous, new cranes, due to enter service next May, is unloaded at DP World Southampton, in the city’s Western Docks.

THE latest, towering additions to Southampton’s skyline, two enormous cranes, rising more than 278 feet over the port, are so huge they had to be delivered to the docks by ship.

Designed to handle the new generation of ultra-large container ships, the additional cranes will be a major boost to Southampton’s role as a vital, maritime hub in international, global trade.

It will take another three months to construct and test the two, super-post panamax cranes at DP World Southampton’s container terminal in the Western Docks.

A “post-panamax’’ crane is able to fully load, and unload containers from a ship too wide to pass through the Panama Canal, while “superpost panamax’’, is the most modern container crane able to handle even larger vessels.

Sections of the new cranes were brought from Ireland, where they were manufactured by Liebherr Container Cranes, using the highly specialised, heavy-lift vessel, MV Beluga Formation.

Over the coming weeks a team of engineers will build the cranes, each capable of reaching out over 22 containers, on site at DP World Southampton, before they are moved into position on the quayside. When the new cranes come into operation in May, they will join the existing fleet of ten gantry cranes and a mobile harbour crane.

This will bring the total number of “22 container wide capable cranes’’ to six, and together with the remaining crane fleet it will enable the terminal to service three ultra large container vessels at the same time.

The arrival of the cranes is all part of a continuing expansion scheme at the terminal, which has also recently completed a wide-ranging dredging programme.

Southampton’s super postpanamax cranes are capable of lifting containers almost 150 feet above the quay, which enables the handling of 14,000 container unit vessels with nine tiers of containers on deck and 11 under deck.

CMA CGM Cristophe Colomb and CMA CGM Magella which called at the terminal during 2010, and CMA CGM Alaska due to dock at Southampton later this month, are examples of this new generation of vessels.

The industry trend towards these ultra large vessels is reflected in the number of shipping lines, which have already taken delivery of similar sized ships or have placed orders for the giant, container carriers.

Chris Lewis, managing director, DP World Southampton, said: “The arrival of these two new cranes demonstrates our determination to meet the requirements of our customers, potential new customers as well as industry trends.

“Taking into account the dredging of the berths, we are now able to provide better facilities and services to our customers and give them more flexibility.’’

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11:07am Wed 16 Feb 11

Brite Spark says...

Southampton's WowFactor! to compete with the Spinnaker Tower, which is twice as high..
Southampton's WowFactor! to compete with the Spinnaker Tower, which is twice as high.. Brite Spark

12:15pm Wed 16 Feb 11

The Wickham Man says...

Ah yes, these are the cranes needed for the ships that according to Southy are too big to get up SOuthampton Water. If only DP had thought to ask Southy first he could have told them all about the wind in Thorn Channel and how Southampton is only a spoke port and how a new phantom port known only to Socialists at Avonmouth is where these cranes should have gone.
Ah yes, these are the cranes needed for the ships that according to Southy are too big to get up SOuthampton Water. If only DP had thought to ask Southy first he could have told them all about the wind in Thorn Channel and how Southampton is only a spoke port and how a new phantom port known only to Socialists at Avonmouth is where these cranes should have gone. The Wickham Man

12:42pm Wed 16 Feb 11

cyber_fug says...

The Wickham Man wrote:
Ah yes, these are the cranes needed for the ships that according to Southy are too big to get up SOuthampton Water. If only DP had thought to ask Southy first he could have told them all about the wind in Thorn Channel and how Southampton is only a spoke port and how a new phantom port known only to Socialists at Avonmouth is where these cranes should have gone.
Just wait until the 18000 teu's start calling in here ;o)
[quote][p][bold]The Wickham Man[/bold] wrote: Ah yes, these are the cranes needed for the ships that according to Southy are too big to get up SOuthampton Water. If only DP had thought to ask Southy first he could have told them all about the wind in Thorn Channel and how Southampton is only a spoke port and how a new phantom port known only to Socialists at Avonmouth is where these cranes should have gone.[/p][/quote]Just wait until the 18000 teu's start calling in here ;o) cyber_fug

12:42pm Wed 16 Feb 11

OSPREYSAINT says...

Now if only they would improve the road access and enlarge the railway depot, we might be able to cope. It is still good for the Port whichever way you look at it and anything good for the Port is good for the City. Tin helmet on, lets hear it from the NIMBYS, I hope it doesn't affect my digital TV reception especially as we are losing the analogue.
Now if only they would improve the road access and enlarge the railway depot, we might be able to cope. It is still good for the Port whichever way you look at it and anything good for the Port is good for the City. Tin helmet on, lets hear it from the NIMBYS, I hope it doesn't affect my digital TV reception especially as we are losing the analogue. OSPREYSAINT

12:55pm Wed 16 Feb 11

G0Rf says...

Theres (was) only one Marcus Liebherr!!
Theres (was) only one Marcus Liebherr!! G0Rf

2:00pm Wed 16 Feb 11

Torchie1 says...

The Wickham Man wrote:
Ah yes, these are the cranes needed for the ships that according to Southy are too big to get up SOuthampton Water. If only DP had thought to ask Southy first he could have told them all about the wind in Thorn Channel and how Southampton is only a spoke port and how a new phantom port known only to Socialists at Avonmouth is where these cranes should have gone.
I'm not a qualified meteorologist but I understand that the wind in the Thorn channel is cancelled out by the hot air from Redbridge.
[quote][p][bold]The Wickham Man[/bold] wrote: Ah yes, these are the cranes needed for the ships that according to Southy are too big to get up SOuthampton Water. If only DP had thought to ask Southy first he could have told them all about the wind in Thorn Channel and how Southampton is only a spoke port and how a new phantom port known only to Socialists at Avonmouth is where these cranes should have gone.[/p][/quote]I'm not a qualified meteorologist but I understand that the wind in the Thorn channel is cancelled out by the hot air from Redbridge. Torchie1

2:23pm Wed 16 Feb 11

X Old Bill says...

Torchie1 wrote:
The Wickham Man wrote:
Ah yes, these are the cranes needed for the ships that according to Southy are too big to get up SOuthampton Water. If only DP had thought to ask Southy first he could have told them all about the wind in Thorn Channel and how Southampton is only a spoke port and how a new phantom port known only to Socialists at Avonmouth is where these cranes should have gone.
I'm not a qualified meteorologist but I understand that the wind in the Thorn channel is cancelled out by the hot air from Redbridge.
No, That's just a permanent deep depression that causes everything to move or lean to the left.
They will obviously need an experienced and qualified rigger on site to advise them of these peculiar local conditions - Who to ask....
[quote][p][bold]Torchie1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Wickham Man[/bold] wrote: Ah yes, these are the cranes needed for the ships that according to Southy are too big to get up SOuthampton Water. If only DP had thought to ask Southy first he could have told them all about the wind in Thorn Channel and how Southampton is only a spoke port and how a new phantom port known only to Socialists at Avonmouth is where these cranes should have gone.[/p][/quote]I'm not a qualified meteorologist but I understand that the wind in the Thorn channel is cancelled out by the hot air from Redbridge.[/p][/quote]No, That's just a permanent deep depression that causes everything to move or lean to the left. They will obviously need an experienced and qualified rigger on site to advise them of these peculiar local conditions - Who to ask.... X Old Bill

2:56pm Wed 16 Feb 11

Brite Spark says...

X Old Bill wrote:
Torchie1 wrote:
The Wickham Man wrote:
Ah yes, these are the cranes needed for the ships that according to Southy are too big to get up SOuthampton Water. If only DP had thought to ask Southy first he could have told them all about the wind in Thorn Channel and how Southampton is only a spoke port and how a new phantom port known only to Socialists at Avonmouth is where these cranes should have gone.
I'm not a qualified meteorologist but I understand that the wind in the Thorn channel is cancelled out by the hot air from Redbridge.
No, That's just a permanent deep depression that causes everything to move or lean to the left.
They will obviously need an experienced and qualified rigger on site to advise them of these peculiar local conditions - Who to ask....
Are you referring to the River Test's very own eco system, the Daily Doldrums?
[quote][p][bold]X Old Bill[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Torchie1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Wickham Man[/bold] wrote: Ah yes, these are the cranes needed for the ships that according to Southy are too big to get up SOuthampton Water. If only DP had thought to ask Southy first he could have told them all about the wind in Thorn Channel and how Southampton is only a spoke port and how a new phantom port known only to Socialists at Avonmouth is where these cranes should have gone.[/p][/quote]I'm not a qualified meteorologist but I understand that the wind in the Thorn channel is cancelled out by the hot air from Redbridge.[/p][/quote]No, That's just a permanent deep depression that causes everything to move or lean to the left. They will obviously need an experienced and qualified rigger on site to advise them of these peculiar local conditions - Who to ask....[/p][/quote]Are you referring to the River Test's very own eco system, the Daily Doldrums? Brite Spark

3:46pm Wed 16 Feb 11

southy says...

cyber_fug wrote:
The Wickham Man wrote:
Ah yes, these are the cranes needed for the ships that according to Southy are too big to get up SOuthampton Water. If only DP had thought to ask Southy first he could have told them all about the wind in Thorn Channel and how Southampton is only a spoke port and how a new phantom port known only to Socialists at Avonmouth is where these cranes should have gone.
Just wait until the 18000 teu's start calling in here ;o)
there shipping route will not include southampton, its all ready been stated, the uk port will be on the thames. southampton can not dredge any deeper than they are at now the EA has put a max depth and width on the dredging, and might even be reduce back to 10 meters.

the new western container port is not going to be in the river avon, it will be on the severn river, whitch is the widest river in england with the widest and deepest natural channel, and when finished it will become the biggest container port in Europe, they also have the room down down there, we don't.
[quote][p][bold]cyber_fug[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Wickham Man[/bold] wrote: Ah yes, these are the cranes needed for the ships that according to Southy are too big to get up SOuthampton Water. If only DP had thought to ask Southy first he could have told them all about the wind in Thorn Channel and how Southampton is only a spoke port and how a new phantom port known only to Socialists at Avonmouth is where these cranes should have gone.[/p][/quote]Just wait until the 18000 teu's start calling in here ;o)[/p][/quote]there shipping route will not include southampton, its all ready been stated, the uk port will be on the thames. southampton can not dredge any deeper than they are at now the EA has put a max depth and width on the dredging, and might even be reduce back to 10 meters. the new western container port is not going to be in the river avon, it will be on the severn river, whitch is the widest river in england with the widest and deepest natural channel, and when finished it will become the biggest container port in Europe, they also have the room down down there, we don't. southy

6:45pm Wed 16 Feb 11

Stillness says...

Torchie1 wrote:
The Wickham Man wrote:
Ah yes, these are the cranes needed for the ships that according to Southy are too big to get up SOuthampton Water. If only DP had thought to ask Southy first he could have told them all about the wind in Thorn Channel and how Southampton is only a spoke port and how a new phantom port known only to Socialists at Avonmouth is where these cranes should have gone.
I'm not a qualified meteorologist but I understand that the wind in the Thorn channel is cancelled out by the hot air from Redbridge.
Millbrook, not Redbridge, Millbrook.

Start your stop watch..............
[quote][p][bold]Torchie1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Wickham Man[/bold] wrote: Ah yes, these are the cranes needed for the ships that according to Southy are too big to get up SOuthampton Water. If only DP had thought to ask Southy first he could have told them all about the wind in Thorn Channel and how Southampton is only a spoke port and how a new phantom port known only to Socialists at Avonmouth is where these cranes should have gone.[/p][/quote]I'm not a qualified meteorologist but I understand that the wind in the Thorn channel is cancelled out by the hot air from Redbridge.[/p][/quote]Millbrook, not Redbridge, Millbrook. Start your stop watch.............. Stillness

7:24pm Wed 16 Feb 11

cyber_fug says...

southy wrote:
cyber_fug wrote:
The Wickham Man wrote:
Ah yes, these are the cranes needed for the ships that according to Southy are too big to get up SOuthampton Water. If only DP had thought to ask Southy first he could have told them all about the wind in Thorn Channel and how Southampton is only a spoke port and how a new phantom port known only to Socialists at Avonmouth is where these cranes should have gone.
Just wait until the 18000 teu's start calling in here ;o)
there shipping route will not include southampton, its all ready been stated, the uk port will be on the thames. southampton can not dredge any deeper than they are at now the EA has put a max depth and width on the dredging, and might even be reduce back to 10 meters.

the new western container port is not going to be in the river avon, it will be on the severn river, whitch is the widest river in england with the widest and deepest natural channel, and when finished it will become the biggest container port in Europe, they also have the room down down there, we don't.
It'll actually be on the Severn Estuary, the river Severn finishes around the area of the second Severn crossing.
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cyber_fug[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Wickham Man[/bold] wrote: Ah yes, these are the cranes needed for the ships that according to Southy are too big to get up SOuthampton Water. If only DP had thought to ask Southy first he could have told them all about the wind in Thorn Channel and how Southampton is only a spoke port and how a new phantom port known only to Socialists at Avonmouth is where these cranes should have gone.[/p][/quote]Just wait until the 18000 teu's start calling in here ;o)[/p][/quote]there shipping route will not include southampton, its all ready been stated, the uk port will be on the thames. southampton can not dredge any deeper than they are at now the EA has put a max depth and width on the dredging, and might even be reduce back to 10 meters. the new western container port is not going to be in the river avon, it will be on the severn river, whitch is the widest river in england with the widest and deepest natural channel, and when finished it will become the biggest container port in Europe, they also have the room down down there, we don't.[/p][/quote]It'll actually be on the Severn Estuary, the river Severn finishes around the area of the second Severn crossing. cyber_fug

7:38pm Wed 16 Feb 11

Ben Doone says...

southy wrote:
cyber_fug wrote:
The Wickham Man wrote: Ah yes, these are the cranes needed for the ships that according to Southy are too big to get up SOuthampton Water. If only DP had thought to ask Southy first he could have told them all about the wind in Thorn Channel and how Southampton is only a spoke port and how a new phantom port known only to Socialists at Avonmouth is where these cranes should have gone.
Just wait until the 18000 teu's start calling in here ;o)
there shipping route will not include southampton, its all ready been stated, the uk port will be on the thames. southampton can not dredge any deeper than they are at now the EA has put a max depth and width on the dredging, and might even be reduce back to 10 meters. the new western container port is not going to be in the river avon, it will be on the severn river, whitch is the widest river in england with the widest and deepest natural channel, and when finished it will become the biggest container port in Europe, they also have the room down down there, we don't.
Peter
I guess I fall for it every time but here goes.
Are you really saying that DPW who own the majority of shares in Soton Container Terminal are spending out several million pounds on more x22 wide cranes just to service the Feeder Trade vessels you reckon will be the staple diet of Soton port in the future.
Remember this is the DPW who also own Thames Gateway.
So unless DPW like to waste money why invest in Soton at all if there is no future here?
With regard to the dredge. Have a word with the MMO in Newcastle who are the Govt Agency now reponsible for Harbour Dredging in the UK.
They will tell you that they are progessing an application to dredge down to 16m at CD and widen the approach channel in Soton Water to allow for the accommodation of wider and deeper ships.
As regards the proposals in Bristol and Liverpool for on river container berths, both of these are in the conceptual stage only and not one container line has shown anything but a passing interest in signing up to the development, so they are both unlikley to happen for the forseeable future.
As for any UK port whether Soton, Felixstowe, or your other fanciful ideas ever becoming 'the biggest container port in Europe'...you must be joking.
We are a relatively small island whereas the ports of Rotterdam, Antwerp, Hamburg, Le Havre have massive hinterlands and v few naysayers willing to run down every aspect of their marine related aspirations
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cyber_fug[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Wickham Man[/bold] wrote: Ah yes, these are the cranes needed for the ships that according to Southy are too big to get up SOuthampton Water. If only DP had thought to ask Southy first he could have told them all about the wind in Thorn Channel and how Southampton is only a spoke port and how a new phantom port known only to Socialists at Avonmouth is where these cranes should have gone.[/p][/quote]Just wait until the 18000 teu's start calling in here ;o)[/p][/quote]there shipping route will not include southampton, its all ready been stated, the uk port will be on the thames. southampton can not dredge any deeper than they are at now the EA has put a max depth and width on the dredging, and might even be reduce back to 10 meters. the new western container port is not going to be in the river avon, it will be on the severn river, whitch is the widest river in england with the widest and deepest natural channel, and when finished it will become the biggest container port in Europe, they also have the room down down there, we don't.[/p][/quote]Peter I guess I fall for it every time but here goes. Are you really saying that DPW who own the majority of shares in Soton Container Terminal are spending out several million pounds on more x22 wide cranes just to service the Feeder Trade vessels you reckon will be the staple diet of Soton port in the future. Remember this is the DPW who also own Thames Gateway. So unless DPW like to waste money why invest in Soton at all if there is no future here? With regard to the dredge. Have a word with the MMO in Newcastle who are the Govt Agency now reponsible for Harbour Dredging in the UK. They will tell you that they are progessing an application to dredge down to 16m at CD and widen the approach channel in Soton Water to allow for the accommodation of wider and deeper ships. As regards the proposals in Bristol and Liverpool for on river container berths, both of these are in the conceptual stage only and not one container line has shown anything but a passing interest in signing up to the development, so they are both unlikley to happen for the forseeable future. As for any UK port whether Soton, Felixstowe, or your other fanciful ideas ever becoming 'the biggest container port in Europe'...you must be joking. We are a relatively small island whereas the ports of Rotterdam, Antwerp, Hamburg, Le Havre have massive hinterlands and v few naysayers willing to run down every aspect of their marine related aspirations Ben Doone

9:53pm Wed 16 Feb 11

WoolstonSean says...

Ben I do not know why your so polite in calling him Peter, the mans an idiot and makes it up as he goes along, he is more like 'itchy or scratchy' from the Simpsons!
He knows sod all really and I for one 'even though I have not met him in person' cant stand the man!
I wonder what his children if he has any makes of the ridicule he gets from the likes of us on here, I would have to have a word with him if he was my father!
Ben I do not know why your so polite in calling him Peter, the mans an idiot and makes it up as he goes along, he is more like 'itchy or scratchy' from the Simpsons! He knows sod all really and I for one 'even though I have not met him in person' cant stand the man! I wonder what his children if he has any makes of the ridicule he gets from the likes of us on here, I would have to have a word with him if he was my father! WoolstonSean

11:40pm Wed 16 Feb 11

R1 says...

Would it not be cheaper to raise the quays to allow bigger ships in Southampton rather the going to the expense of dredging the port, also the cranes wouldn't have to be so tall !! OK I'll get my coat.
Would it not be cheaper to raise the quays to allow bigger ships in Southampton rather the going to the expense of dredging the port, also the cranes wouldn't have to be so tall !! OK I'll get my coat. R1

12:17am Thu 17 Feb 11

Stillness says...

R1 wrote:
Would it not be cheaper to raise the quays to allow bigger ships in Southampton rather the going to the expense of dredging the port, also the cranes wouldn't have to be so tall !! OK I'll get my coat.
Do you work for the council? You should do, your idea is better than any they have ever come up with.

S/W = idea-pick. But I don't think they will pick yours.
[quote][p][bold]R1[/bold] wrote: Would it not be cheaper to raise the quays to allow bigger ships in Southampton rather the going to the expense of dredging the port, also the cranes wouldn't have to be so tall !! OK I'll get my coat.[/p][/quote]Do you work for the council? You should do, your idea is better than any they have ever come up with. S/W = idea-pick. But I don't think they will pick yours. Stillness

10:12am Thu 17 Feb 11

Ben Doone says...

WoolstonSean wrote:
Ben I do not know why your so polite in calling him Peter, the mans an idiot and makes it up as he goes along, he is more like 'itchy or scratchy' from the Simpsons! He knows sod all really and I for one 'even though I have not met him in person' cant stand the man! I wonder what his children if he has any makes of the ridicule he gets from the likes of us on here, I would have to have a word with him if he was my father!
Sean
Can understand your frustration.
I think that all the likes of you and I can do, who have a reasonable grasp of facts rather than fiction, is to ensure that Southys ramblings are not treated as gospel by those interested enough to follow these threads.
Heaven knows what uninformed spin he puts on other topics.
[quote][p][bold]WoolstonSean[/bold] wrote: Ben I do not know why your so polite in calling him Peter, the mans an idiot and makes it up as he goes along, he is more like 'itchy or scratchy' from the Simpsons! He knows sod all really and I for one 'even though I have not met him in person' cant stand the man! I wonder what his children if he has any makes of the ridicule he gets from the likes of us on here, I would have to have a word with him if he was my father![/p][/quote]Sean Can understand your frustration. I think that all the likes of you and I can do, who have a reasonable grasp of facts rather than fiction, is to ensure that Southys ramblings are not treated as gospel by those interested enough to follow these threads. Heaven knows what uninformed spin he puts on other topics. Ben Doone

11:43am Thu 17 Feb 11

X Old Bill says...

Ben Doone wrote:
WoolstonSean wrote:
Ben I do not know why your so polite in calling him Peter, the mans an idiot and makes it up as he goes along, he is more like 'itchy or scratchy' from the Simpsons! He knows sod all really and I for one 'even though I have not met him in person' cant stand the man! I wonder what his children if he has any makes of the ridicule he gets from the likes of us on here, I would have to have a word with him if he was my father!
Sean
Can understand your frustration.
I think that all the likes of you and I can do, who have a reasonable grasp of facts rather than fiction, is to ensure that Southys ramblings are not treated as gospel by those interested enough to follow these threads.
Heaven knows what uninformed spin he puts on other topics.
As I have remarked before - It's a tough job, but somebody's got to do it.
If you know Southy, or can get a mental picture of him, it certainly helps when responding to his waffle.
The person who started the lolsouthy blog seems to have gone off the radar after a promising start.
[quote][p][bold]Ben Doone[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]WoolstonSean[/bold] wrote: Ben I do not know why your so polite in calling him Peter, the mans an idiot and makes it up as he goes along, he is more like 'itchy or scratchy' from the Simpsons! He knows sod all really and I for one 'even though I have not met him in person' cant stand the man! I wonder what his children if he has any makes of the ridicule he gets from the likes of us on here, I would have to have a word with him if he was my father![/p][/quote]Sean Can understand your frustration. I think that all the likes of you and I can do, who have a reasonable grasp of facts rather than fiction, is to ensure that Southys ramblings are not treated as gospel by those interested enough to follow these threads. Heaven knows what uninformed spin he puts on other topics.[/p][/quote]As I have remarked before - It's a tough job, but somebody's got to do it. If you know Southy, or can get a mental picture of him, it certainly helps when responding to his waffle. The person who started the lolsouthy blog seems to have gone off the radar after a promising start. X Old Bill

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