Port of Immingham expands fleet with continued investment in new technology
Associated British Ports’ (ABP) Port of Immingham has added to its fleet of state-of-the-art machinery the addition of a brand new reachstacker worth over £330, 000, press center of ABP says.
The reachstacker, a Kalmar Type DRG450-70S5X, was shipped over to Immingham direct from the Kalmar Factory in Poland to be used for a wide variety of cargoes at the Immingham Container Terminal (ICT). Steve Williams, Head of Operations for Grimsby and Immingham explained the significance of this investment:
“This new addition to our reachstacker fleet will be used to further enhance the reliability of our customer offer here in Immingham.” said Steve. “We’ve continued to attract new business, and our plan for growth and improved efficiency requires us to invest in the highest standards in modern technology at ICT.”
“Our planned programme of ongoing investment in this area of ABP operations means the port will continue to thrive and support local jobs. We aim to invest up to £10 million over the next two years in areas such as the Gate House and Terminal entrance, as well as in new equipment from Gantry cranes to improved CCTV. We are currently setting out objectives for the next two years that will ensure that we continue to deliver our customers a first-class service.”
The new machine has a 7m wheelbase and weighs approximately 90 tonnes. It joins an existing fleet of four reachstackers, each capable of lifting 45t containers, stacking them to five high. The terminal's fleet of machines continues to grow, and is currently worth around £20 million.
Immingham is the UK’s busiest port by tonnage which, along with the three other Humber ports, contributes around £1.5 billion to the regional economy and supports 14,000 jobs in the area.