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New gear for Newport

[ August 25, 2020   //   ]

Associated British Ports (ABP) has invested nearly £4 million in new equipment at Newport, South Wales during the last nine months.

The most recent investments are a new Liebherr mobile crane (pictured) and a Sany 32-tonne heavy duty forklift truck, a combined investment of £2.3 million. The truck will assist in the handling steel coils and slabs at Newport and will allow ABP’s team to load heavier cargo in a single lift.

This follows last year’s investment in a £1.4 million new material handler to benefit customers in Newport, which was commissioned in November 2019. Using the latest technology, the Mantsinen 120M is also fitted with a HybriLift energy storage system which reduces energy consumption by 35%.

Newport is the leading general cargo port in Wales and the second largest steel handling port in the UK. It is the principal port for Tata Steel’s exports from South Wales and already in 2020 has handled 700,000 tonnes of export products. Cargoes also include forest products, and bulk materials for the agricultural sector.

Port manager Steven Harrison, said: “I am proud of our colleagues, who, as key workers, have continued to do a great job working safely and following appropriate measures throughout the Covid-19 pandemic to keep the economy moving. This latest investment will continue to support and protect jobs and help us in delivering the best possible service to our customers.”