The first six cantilever rail-mounted gantry (CRMG) cranes arrived in the River Mersey on Sunday, 1 May, ready for installing and commissioning at the Liverpool2 deep-water container terminal.
Produced by leading Chinese manufacturer ZPMC, which also supplied the five ship-to-shore cranes already on site, these six are the first of 12 required for phase 1 of the terminal. Ultimately the site will have eight STS and 22 CRMG cranes as part of a £100m investment.
The Liverpool2 development is part of a £650 million investment by Peel Ports in the region and will add to a previous £125 million investment in the National Import Centre at Port Salford.
The project is an extension to the Seaforth Dock container terminal, built by Peel Ports, that is scheduled to be operational in 2016. The terminal extension will be able to accommodate two post-Panamax vessels simultaneously.
The terminal is being built on reclaimed land using material dredged from the River Mersey.
Liverpool2 is to have a phased opening, with marine trials due to begin shortly and other elements of the semi-automated terminal coming online throughout Q2 of 2016. The first phase of the new terminal will be fully operational in the autumn.