New handling gear takes Port of Ipswich investment this year to £2.2m

A MRS grab at the Port of King's Lynn, similar to five which have been purchased by Associated Briti

A MRS grab at the Port of King's Lynn, similar to five which have been purchased by Associated British Ports for use at the Port of Ipswich. - Credit: Archant

Associated British Ports (ABP)has invested more than £160,000 in five new MRS cargo handling grabs for the Port of Ipswich, to help handle an increase in the trade of dry bulk materials.

The purchase brings ABP’s investment at the Port of Ipswich so far this year to £2.2m.

The grabs, ordered through pALM Bulk Solutions, are of varying sizes – with the largest having a capacity of 13 cubic metres – and are suitable for handling a wide range of bulk materials including fertilizer, grain, soya and animal feeds.

They have been designed to fit equipment already in operation at the port, including the dockside crane and material handlers.

Other investment at the port this year has included new forklift trucks and loading shovels.

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Andrew Harston, director of ABP Short Sea Ports, said: “The Port of Ipswich is the UK’s number one grain exporting port, and we need to ensure that we are providing our customers with the highest standard of equipment.

“The investment in these new grabs will improve our bulk handling operations and is part of ABP’s wider ongoing equipment improvement programme.”

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pALM Bulk Solutions is the UK dealer for MRS Greifer, which is based in Germany, and has supplied grabs to other ABP ports including King’s Lynn, Garston, Newport and Ayr.

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