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Straddles spearhead Southampton expansion drive

[ October 20, 2016   //   ]

DP World Southampton has taken delivery of nine Kalmar straddle carriers – part of an eventual order of 17 – and has announced plans to buy two new super post-panamax quay cranes, due for delivery in 2018. It will allow the port to handle three of the largest container vessels afloat simultaneously.

DP World Southampton chief executive, Nick Loader, said: “The world’s largest container ships regularly call at DP World Southampton including the MSC Diana at 19,462 TEU.  However, there are already 21,000 TEU vessels on order for delivery during 2017.”

The straddle carriers are ‘three and four high’ machines and more than half will have twin lift capability, able to undertake twin discharge from beneath the quay cranes.