PD Ports has demonstrated its commitment to supporting Teesport’s continued growth in container volumes by investing in three new Rubber Tyre Gantry cranes (RTGs).
The specialist cranes have been ordered from Liebherr Container Cranes, who has over 50 years of experience in crane development and manufacture.
In the past five years, PD Ports has invested over £60m at Teesport in developing, upgrading and enhancing capacity to meet the demands of its customers and position the Port as the northern gateway for containerised goods destined for the North of the UK.
Teesport has experienced uplift in container volumes of 13% year on year since 2007. The port handled 420,000 TEU in 2014 making it the 2nd largest container port in the North.
PD Ports’ chief executive officer David Robinson said: “We are committed to continuing to invest in Teesport to ensure we have the right infrastructure to support the growth of our business and those of our customers.
“We already have a strong operational platform with solid infrastructure and a state-of-the art terminal operating system. Teesport continues to be a leading player in the UK ports sector and these new cranes signify the next step in the Port’s development.”
Speaking about the order, Liebherr Container Cranes’ Managing Director Pat O’Leary, said “Liebherr has been a commercial partner of PD Ports for over 25 years and during that time has supplied a number of STS cranes to Teesport.
“We are delighted to continue this partnership with the signing of a framework agreement for RTGs and the supply of these state-of-the-art machines to the Port.
“The combination of productivity technologies and numerous safety systems which are features of these RTGs will allow for increased box handling capacity and continued safety for personnel and equipment at Teesport.”