Home > Press Articles > Port of Felixstowe
Monday, 10 Aug 2020
Further Capacity Increase at Port of Felixstowe
21st April 2005

The Port of Felixstowe has placed an order for 12 new Rubber-Tyred Gantry Cranes (RTGCs) from Zhenhua Port Machinery Company (ZPMC) in Shanghai, for delivery in May 2006. This is in addition to the order for nine RTGCs and one Ship-to-Shore Gantry Crane (SSGC) made towards the end of 2004, for delivery in October 2005.

This new order pushes the total number of RTGCs ordered by the Port of Felixstowe to 40 in the past five years, and is all part of the Port’s commitment to keeping pace with the current growth in trade.

The new RTGCs are capable of lifting one container over five, and can straddle seven rows of containers. The SSGC can handle containers stowed 22-wide, and has the ability to lift to 85 tonnes. All new cranes will be operational on the Port’s Trinity Terminal. This shipment will extend the overall number of RTGCs employed by the Port to over 100, and will increase the number of SSGCs in operation on Trinity Terminal to 25.

Richard Pearson, Managing Director of Hutchison Ports (UK) Limited, commented:

“This new equipment is part of the Port of Felixstowe’s ongoing commitment to improving productivity and customer service, ensuring that the Port is able to handle the increase in container volumes, and can accommodate the largest vessels in operation today.”

He continued:

“The UK’s container ports will be reaching capacity within the next few years. We have plans for significant developments at Felixstowe South and Bathside Bay that will address the country’s medium and long-term needs. In the meantime, this new equipment, together with the additional people we will be recruiting, will help us to cope with trade growth over the intervening period.”

The growth in the container shipping industry has not only created a need for extra equipment and infrastructure, but has also generated a number of new jobs in the region. The Port of Felixstowe created an additional 200 jobs last year, and the continuation of this growth in trade, alongside plans to reconfigure Felixstowe South, means that recruitment will, once again, be a top priority. There are plans to create another 220 jobs at the Port in 2005, of which 200 will be in operations, and 20 in engineering. Taking account of leavers and retirees, this will mean that around 500 new members of staff will be recruited this year, pushing the workforce at the Port of Felixstowe to above 3,000.

ENDS

Note to Editors:

For further information, please contact Rachael Jackson, Corporate Affairs Officer, on Tel. No: +44 (0)1394 604167, Fax No: +44 (0)1394 604943 or E-mail: jacksonr@hpuk.co.uk

Port of Felixstowe (PFL) is the largest container port in the UK, and one of the largest in Europe. PFL is a member of the Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH) Group, a wholly owned subsidiary of the multinational conglomerate Hutchison Whampoa Limited (HWL). HPH is the world's leading port investor, developer and operator, with interests in 19 countries throughout Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe and the Americas. Today, HPH operates a total of 219 berths in 39 ports, together with a number of transportation-related service companies. With industry-recognised core competence in the effective and efficient management and operation of ports, the HPH Group handled 47.8 million TEU in 2004.
Another Destination by Rail from Port of Felixstowe
Another new destination has been added to the range of intermodal rail connections available from the Port of Felixstowe. The new service, operated by GB Railfreight, links the UK’s largest container port with iPort Rail in Doncaster, a new multimodal
World’s largest container ships call at Port of Britain
The Port of Felixstowe has handled four of the world’s largest container ships in 24 hours and become the first port in the UK to handle an 18,000 TEU vessel.
Another Daily Rail Service from the Port of Felixstowe
The 33rd daily rail freight service has been introduced at the Port of Felixstowe. Coming just seven weeks after the introduction of the 32nd daily train, the new service is operated by GB Railfreight and runs between the Port of Felixstowe and Rotherham.
UASC Mega-Ship Barzan Debuts at Felixstowe
United Arab Shipping Company’s (UASC) newest vessel, the 18,800 teu Barzan, has made its maiden call at the Port of Felixstowe, the Port of Britain. The biggest container ship in the UASC fleet, the mega-ship arrived at the UK’s largest container port fr
New and Improved Cranes at the Port of Felixstowe
The Port of Felixstowe has ordered two new gantry cranes for its Berths 8&9 and work has started to raise 10 of the existing cranes on Trinity Terminal at the port.
Port of Felixstowe Welcomes New Transatlantic Service
New World Alliance service commences at Suffolk port
The Port of Felixstowe has taken delivery of its first two remote control ship-to-shore gantry cranes.
The Port of Felixstowe has taken delivery of its first two remote control ship-to-shore gantry cranes. The two new cranes, the 32nd and 33rd at the UK’s largest container port, were delivered on the Zhen Hua 23 from ZPMC in Shanghai.