Huge cranes arrive at London Gateway port

Andrew Bowden at London Gateway

CEO Simon Moore

Huge cranes arrive at London Gateway port

Huge cranes arrive at London Gateway port

First published in Echo News by

SUPERSIZED cranes have arrived at the billion pound superport in Stanford-le-Hope following a three-month voyage from China.

The huge 138metre cranes, which are as tall as the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt and taller than the London Eye, were spotted making there way down the Thames from Southend and Canvey as they arrived at the London Gateway site.

The three cranes, which weigh 2,000 tonnes, are the largest quay-side cranes in the world and are the first of 21 to arrive at the massive £1.5billion port, which is the biggest in Europe.

Andrew Bowden, the port’s director of engineering, said: “We are nearing completion of all the civil works. We are now bringing the equipment in to enable us to open in the fourth quarter of this year. The quay cranes load and unload vessels and the are the largest in the UK.

“They can handle up to four containers at a time - other cranes can only handle two at a time. It saves time and it saves money.

“It is all on time and it is all on budget.”

The cranes will sit along the quay, which in itself is more than one and a half miles long, and more will be delivered once the port’s six main berths are constructed.

They arrived on board the Chinese vessel Zhen Hua 26.

Work on the new deep-sea container port started in 2010 and it is due to open later this year. It also boasts Europe’s biggest logistics park.

Thousands of jobs will be created, with the port’s owners DP World currently recruiting engineers and mechanics.

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7:53am Tue 5 Mar 13

Ian P says...

What a shame that planning approval for the port was not granted subject to any equipment being installed at the port had to be sourced in the UK.
What a shame that planning approval for the port was not granted subject to any equipment being installed at the port had to be sourced in the UK. Ian P
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8:01am Tue 5 Mar 13

apapa palm says...

Another "Made in China" product . Surely they could have built these cranes in this country, Oh i forgot we dont do slave labour. Buy British
Another "Made in China" product . Surely they could have built these cranes in this country, Oh i forgot we dont do slave labour. Buy British apapa palm
  • Score: 3

8:36am Tue 5 Mar 13

GentleGiant says...

Didn't these arrive last week?
Didn't these arrive last week? GentleGiant
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10:22am Tue 5 Mar 13

Chris Flunk says...

GentleGiant wrote:
Didn't these arrive last week?
"spotted making there way down the Thames"

Honestly, I'd expect a journalist to know the difference between "there", "their" and "they're". In fact, I'd expect a 10 year old to know the difference. Are you breaking child labour laws?
[quote][p][bold]GentleGiant[/bold] wrote: Didn't these arrive last week?[/p][/quote]"spotted making there way down the Thames" Honestly, I'd expect a journalist to know the difference between "there", "their" and "they're". In fact, I'd expect a 10 year old to know the difference. Are you breaking child labour laws? Chris Flunk
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4:01pm Tue 5 Mar 13

r6keith says...

The whole thing looks top heavy . Like it should topple over at any moment. All you need now is a crane to get them off !
The whole thing looks top heavy . Like it should topple over at any moment. All you need now is a crane to get them off ! r6keith
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4:40pm Tue 5 Mar 13

Alekhine says...

This is going to cost Felixstowe a fortune.
This is going to cost Felixstowe a fortune. Alekhine
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4:40pm Tue 5 Mar 13

Yachtsman says...

To get to Thames Gateway from Southend you go UP THE THAMES oh I forgggot this is an award winning paper NOT!!!
To get to Thames Gateway from Southend you go UP THE THAMES oh I forgggot this is an award winning paper NOT!!! Yachtsman
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7:16pm Tue 5 Mar 13

LHeatherson says...

“They can handle up to four containers at a time - other cranes can only handle two at a time. It saves time and it saves money." So nice and efficient for you money makers but a real eyesore for the whole of essex's public and beyond.
“They can handle up to four containers at a time - other cranes can only handle two at a time. It saves time and it saves money." So nice and efficient for you money makers but a real eyesore for the whole of essex's public and beyond. LHeatherson
  • Score: 0

12:03am Wed 6 Mar 13

Carnabackable says...

Just wait till this port is in full swing, the Thames is never going to be the same again. The huge container ships will dwarf all other craft, bow waves will descend like mini tsunamis, the sounds of those enormous engine rooms will be a haunting one, they will be queuing up like giants, tugs on an endless tag, and the roads full of container laden lorries will fill our motorways...just wait...
Just wait till this port is in full swing, the Thames is never going to be the same again. The huge container ships will dwarf all other craft, bow waves will descend like mini tsunamis, the sounds of those enormous engine rooms will be a haunting one, they will be queuing up like giants, tugs on an endless tag, and the roads full of container laden lorries will fill our motorways...just wait... Carnabackable
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