A £100m contract has been awarded to Shanghai-based Zhenhua Heavy Industries Co (ZPMC) to deliver 17 mega cranes to Peel Ports Group's new Liverpool2 container port on the River Mersey in Seaforth, UK.
The £300m Liverpool2 container port is currently under construction and is claimed to be Europe's most advanced container facilities. It is scheduled to open at the end of 2015.
As part of the contract, ZPMC will initially supply five ship-to-shore (STS) megamax quay cranes and 12 cantilever rail-mounted gantry cranes (CRMGs) in phase one of the project.
Phase two will see a further three STS cranes and ten CRMGs delivered by ZPMC.
The megamax STS cranes and 12 CRMGs are expected to significantly enhance the port's productivity and efficiency, while offering benefits and cost savings for customers that use the Port of Liverpool as their UK gateway.
Using the megamax cranes will also enable the port to simultaneously handle two 13,500 twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU) post-Panamax vessels on the Liverpool2 berth.
Peel Ports Group chief executive Mark Whitworth said: "These cranes are a vital element in making Liverpool2 among the world's fastest, most efficient container ports."
"The cranes will help future-proof the UK's most centrally positioned deep water port for growth."
"Combined with our recent multi-million pound investment in the world-leading Navis N4 terminal operating system, the facility will dramatically cut transfer time from port to road or rail, maximising our productivity."
ZPMC chose to establish its UK service centre in Liverpool to coincide with the arrival of the cranes in 2015.
Additionally, the company will deploy specialist engineers to provide round-the-clock operational support to ensure proactive and real-time service and maintenance, ensuring maximum productivity from the Liverpool2 terminal at all times.
Image: A rendering of the quayside at the new Liverpool 2 container terminal. Photo: courtesy of Peel Ports.