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New crane lifts Portico’s prospects in Portsmouth

[ June 22, 2020   //   ]

Portsmouth stevedore Portico has taken delivery of a new 432-tonne mobile harbour crane. Able to provide tandem lifts up to 250 tonnes, it is expected to boost the south coast port’s presence in the heavylift market and will be essential to handle the business of current customer MHI Vestas in continuing to manage some of the world’s largest wind blades when they arrive on bigger vessels.

The £3m crane is owned by the council and leased to Portico.

Portico operations director Steve Williams, said: “Our current and prospective customers are moving to larger vessels, so this continued investment means we’re able to manage expectations well into the future. For customers such as MHI Vestas it demonstrates our commitment that we’re prepared to make the necessary investments required to future-proof the business.”

“It also positions Portico as one of the few UK ports that can offer tandem crane lifts up to 250 tonnes, a specialised technique which provides great options for a variety of cargo requirements.

“We’re the first UK port to invest in this latest tandem lift system technology from Konecranes. It demonstrates we are prepared to invest and helps to continue diversifying and provide flexibility for our customers.”