UK port operator PD Ports announced on 18 August that it has invested in three new rubber tyre gantry (RTG) cranes to support Teesport’s growing container throughput.
This investment has been triggered by the port’s increasing container volumes, a growth of 13% year on year since 2007, PD Ports said.
Teesport is the second largest container port in the north of the United Kingdom. It handled 420,000 teu in 2014. To maintain its leading position continued investment is key, said PD Ports chief executive officer David Robinson.
“These new cranes signify the next step in the port’s development,” he said, adding that PD Ports was “committed to continuing to invest in Teesport to ensure we have the right infrastructure to support the growth of our business and those of our customers”.
In the past five years PD Ports has invested more than GBP60 million (USD94 million) at Teesport to develop, upgrade and enhance capacity to meet demand, the operator said.
Crane manufacturer Liebherr won the orders. It has been a commercial partner of PD Ports for more than 25 years and during that time has supplied a number of STS cranes to Teesport, said Pat O’Leary, managing director of Liebherr Container Cranes. “The combination of productivity technologies and numerous safety systems, which are features of these RTGs will allow for increased box-handling capacity and continued safety for personnel and equipment” at the port, he added.