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Southampton invests for bigger ships

[ September 20, 2016   //   ]

DP World Southampton has taken over an extra 11.2 acres to the north east of its terminal, creating 640 extra container ground spaces.
It will support operations at the new SCT 5 deep-water berth, which opened in March 2014. It will also improve productivity by reducing the distance for straddle carriers taking containers to and from the stack,.
DP World Southampton chief executive, Nick Loader, said: “Container ships are getting bigger all the time. The 11.2 acres of new land will allow us to increase the utilisation of SCT 5. It will also help us to be much more efficient so that DP World Southampton can continue to load and unload vessels faster than any other container terminal in the UK. Our customers tell us that we are the most productive terminal in the UK and we intend to stay that way.”
Southampton expansion plans also include 17 new straddle carriers to replace older equipment and two additional new super post-panamax cranes scheduled for delivery in early 2018.
The world’s largest container ships regularly call at Southampton including the MSC Diana at 19,462teu but 21,000teu vessels are due for delivery during 2017.

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