DP World Southampton receives new straddle carriers

Container ship port DP World Southampton has just received nine new Kalmer straddle carrier machines that will strengthen its existing container carrier fleet.

The DP World port is set to purchase two new super post-Panamax quay cranes that will be ready for 2018. These will allow the port to simultaneously handle three of the largest container vessels afloat today.

“We are committed to investing in our infrastructure and operational capabilities to ensure that Southampton can continue to meet the needs of our customers now and in the future,” said Nick Loader, chief executive officer at DP World Southampton.

He added: “Container ships are getting bigger all the time.  The size of container ships importing and exporting goods around the world has nearly doubled in just under 10 years.”

“The world’s largest container ships regularly call at DP World Southampton including the MSC Diana at 19,462 TEU.  However, there are already 21,000 TEU vessels on order for delivery during 2017.”

The Kalmer straddle carriers arrived in Southampton fully assembled aboard the MV Eendracht direct from the plant where they were made in Gdynia, Poland.

DP World has just taken over an extra 11.2 acres of land to the northeast of the terminal, that creates extra space to store containers and will now bring the overall size of the terminal to 100 hectares.

Many of the straddle carriers will have twin lift capability which will give the terminal the advantage of having more machines that can undertake twin discharge from underneath the quay cranes. These will undergo performance testing as well as installation work before beginning operational service at the DP World terminal.

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