The Port of Immingham's expansion is a step closer after STS cranes leave China

The Immingham Container Terminal's (ICT) expansion is a step closer to completion after its new two new ship-to-shore (STS) cranes left China on way to the Port of Immingham, UK. In a statement, Associated British Ports (ABP) said the cranes were worth approximately £14.3 million (GBP11.5 million) and would be a part of the terminal's £41.2 million (GBP33 million) upgrade. The cranes will arrive later in the summer and be fully operational by the Autumn.

The upgrade, known as Project Pilgrim, is designed to "future proof the terminal", extend its footprint, maximise efficiencies and improve the service to customers, according to ABP.

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The cranes make working on the terminal more efficient and increase productivity due the reliability of the machinery. Their simplified modular design is lightweight and durable, making maintenance easier and has been tailored to ICT's exact needs. They are designed to load and unload sea-going vessels for ISO-standard containers.

Once the cranes arrive, a full training & familiarisation programme will  be provided by Kalmar and delivered to the Immingham Container Terminal operatives. Simon Bird, Regional Director of ABP Humber, said: "This is an exciting development for the Humber Ports. The GBP33 million investment to the Humber Container Terminal in Immingham is a great step forward to future proofing the terminal and alongside the GBP14 million recent investment in the sister container terminal in Hull means that the provision for containers in the Humber will now be outstanding.

"The project team have been working hard through Covid-19 to ensure works are still being carried out.

ABP key workers have been doing a fantastic job in keeping Britain trading."

It is the latest equipment order as part of Project Pilgrim. In January 2020, the port received six electric rubber tyred gantry (RTG) cranes.

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