A resurgent North East port has been given a business lift, having taken delivery of a new harbour mobile crane.
Port of Sunderland, operated by Sunderland City Council, received delivery of a LHM 420 Harbour Mobile Crane via international crane manufacturer Liebherr, adding a lucrative new dimension to the port’s materials handling capabilities.
The crane will travel from Corporation Quay round the port to Greenwells Quay, allowing it to work from river quaysides. It has a lifting capability of 121 tonnes, more than double that of the port’s current crane.
Coun Paul Watson, leader of Sunderland City Council and chair of the Port of Sunderland board, said the investment represented the port’s commitment to being on the front foot and would deliver a significant boost for its customer base.
He said: “This is a major investment for us, but one that we know will reap rewards. The port’s current capabilities mean that, to cater for bigger projects, we need to hire in equipment at a significant cost per day.
“Having the facility to manage these lifts ourselves is a huge boost – and one that will not only allow us to deliver better value to our customers, but that will allow us to more effectively tap into the subsea market.”
The crane will also be supplied with a container handling attachment and a number of bulk-handling grabs that will enable it to provide support in additional market sectors. It is a further step forward for the port, which has recorded its strongest trading performance in more than 20 years.