Two giant ship-to-shore cranes arrived at DP World’s London Gateway on Tuesday as the UK’s newest and most technologically-advanced deepwater port located just outside the heart of London prepares for the opening of its third berth.
The state-of-the-art cranes were brought up the River Thames on Wednesday onboard the heavy lift vessel Zhen Hua 10 after sailing from China via the Cape of Good Hope.
At their highest point, the cranes will stand 138 meters (459 foot) tall and be able to reach across ships 25-containers wide, making them capable of handling the world’s largest containerships.
Once installed they will match London Gateway’s eight existing cranes at the terminal’s two open berths. The third berth will include four total cranes and expand London Gateway’s quay wall to 1,250 meters, providing greater capacity for ultra-large container vessels than any other port in the UK.
After the two cranes are unloaded, the Zhen Hua 10 will sail back to China where it will pick up two more cranes for London Gateway.
DP World’s London Gateway, located just 25 miles from central London at one of the UK’s largest logistics parks, opened in November 2013. The third berth is expected to open later in 2016.