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The world’s most sustainable straddles for Southampton

[ January 18, 2022   //   ]

DP World says that 11 of the most sustainable straddle carriers yet manufactured will go into service at Southampton, completing a £40m investment over the last 12 months in the  container terminal.

The hybrid machines consume up to 20% less fuel than the diesel-electric powered machines they replace.

DP World UK chief executive Ernst Schulze, said: “The £10m cost of the straddle carriers is part of DP World’s ongoing £40m investment in Southampton and should be viewed alongside the recent announcement that we will begin work on a £300m new fourth berth at our London Gateway logistics hub. As these major investments show, we believe in the UK market and have the ambition and the resources to boost growth, support businesses, create jobs and improve living standards.”

DP World has also been dredging and widening berths at Southampton to ensure the port can continue to handle the world’s biggest ships, a £1.5m, 120 meter extension of a quay crane rail will  ensure the world’s biggest cranes can service the entire terminal and a new £3m empty park which opened in September.

DP World’s Southampton and London Gateway have both been awarded freeport status as part of Solent Freeport and Thames Freeport respectively.