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Liverpool2 goes megamax

Liverpool2 goes megamax
Five Zhenhua Heavy Industries (ZPMC) "megamax" ship-to-shore cranes have arrived at new container terminal Liverpool2, completing an 18,000 mile journey round the Cape of Good Hope, from China.

Arriving on ZPMC’s heavy lift vessel Zhenhua 23, the five cranes, of eight purchased by Liverpool2 owner and operator Peel Ports for GBP100m, are capable of twin-pick and outreach of 24 containers up to 10 high on deck, making it possible to serve the largest vessels currently in existence, up to 20,000 teu.

Measuring 92 m high, the cranes also have the ability to operate at speeds of 30 moves per hour, with safe working loads of up to 85 tonnes. The Port of Liverpool will target 65% of haulage turned round in 30 minutes and 95% of haulage turned in 60 minutes.

“This is a truly unique day in Liverpool’s long maritime history,” said Mark Whitworth, chief executive of Peel Ports. “The spectacular sight of these cranes sailing up the Mersey to the L2 site is unprecedented. Our investment in leading-edge infrastructure and technology will allow Liverpool to offer the quickest and most cost-effective route to market, not just for goods destined for the north of England, but also for Scotland, Ireland, North Wales, opening up new logistics routes estimated at 4m teu every year and increasing potential import and export trade.”