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Felixstowe: New cranes set to double rail capacity

PUBLISHED: 07:00 26 March 2013 | UPDATED: 09:18 26 March 2013

A computer-generated image of the new Felixstowe port rail terminal which is due to open this summer.

A computer-generated image of the new Felixstowe port rail terminal which is due to open this summer.

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THREE new cranes have arrived at Britain’s top port to serve a £40million terminal that will double its rail cargo capacity.

The cranes will span the new nine-track rail terminal at Felixstowe, and are the biggest intermodal rail terminal cranes in the UK.

The state-of-the-art, rail-mounted gantry cranes have arrived in sections from manufacturers Liebherr in Ireland and will be put together at the construction site.

Clemence Cheng, chief executive officer of Hutchison Ports (UK) Ltd, which owns the Port of Felixstowe, said: “The arrival of our new cranes is an important milestone in Felixstowe’s plans to deliver the most cost and environmentally efficient logistics infrastructure in the UK, with the opening of our new rail terminal in the summer of this year. Port of Felixstowe is already operating 58 daily arrivals and departures to the industrial heartlands in the midlands and the north, as well as to the population centres of the south- east, London and Bristol, handling in excess of 800,000 containers per annum.

“We have listened to our customers and the Government on the importance of rail freight in the reduction of logistics cost, as well as reducing carbon footprint, and continue to invest in our rail capability.

“When the new rail terminal is opened this year, together with our existing two rail terminals, we will have a total 20 rail tracks, more than London King’s Cross Station. It will double our rail handling capability.

“With this in mind, it is essential that we have the most up-to-date and technologically advanced equipment at our service.

“These cranes are not only the largest in the UK, together with the only intermodal locomotive traverser in the country, they will be serving the largest container rail terminal in Britain, to provide our customers with a level of service and efficiency that is second to none.”

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