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New straddles for Liverpool

[ September 10, 2012   //   ]

The Port of Liverpool is buying six new straddle carriers, bringing its total fleet to 40. The Port has invested in one Liebherr and five Terex (Noell) diesel-electric straddle carriers.

Liebherr is a new supplier to the Port of Liverpool, following a successful trial. The equipment has been fitted with the terminal’s Navis/ITS GPRS operating platform and is fully integrated with the existing fleet.

Peel Ports-Mersey’s engineering manager Brad Crumbleholme said: “The investment in the straddle carrier fleet comes against a backdrop of substantial asset replacements and upgrades at the Port, and in addition to the £300m investment in our planned deep water container terminal, Liverpool 2, which will be operational in 2015. Both straddle carrier models are able to stack three containers in height (1 over 2), with the Liebherr straddle carrier providing extendable twin-lift spreader capability.

He added that the port has worked closely with designers in Germany to enhance the standard design of the carriers to maximise safety and improve maintainability.

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