The Port of Great Yarmouth has invested in a new Leibherr crane

High-tech crane helps Great Yarmouth hit new heights

The Port of Great Yarmouth has invested in a new, state-of-the-art Leibherr crane, increasing its capabilities to handle larger cargoes.

The Liebherr LHM280 crane has a 84 tonne lifting capacity which will allow the port’s owner, Peel Ports Group, to further utilise its 24-hour deep-water facility.

The crane is capable of turning over up to 35 cycles per hour, allowing for mobilisation and demobilisation processes to be shortened.

Richard Goffin, Port Director at Great Yarmouth said: “The state-of-the-art crane marks our latest investment into the development of the port at Great Yarmouth, which also included the integration of the river port and deep-water harbour which were acquired in 2015.

“Great Yarmouth handles supplies for a variety of industries handling bulk goods, including the offshore, renewable, decommissioning, agri-bulk and aggregates markets, with the new crane allowing us to service greater amounts of cargo in a shorter amount of time, providing a more productive and flexible solution to our customers.”

Among those set to benefit the investment is ASCO, a materials management and logistics company in the global energy sector. 

Glenn Hurren, UK Managing Director at ASCO, said: "It is highly encouraging to see the continuous improvement and investment in infrastructure at Peel Ports. The new state-of-the-art crane will provide further operational efficiencies and enhance our UK Southern North Sea operations. Our customers will benefit from the increased handling capabilities and shorter timescales for the mobilisation and demobilisation of cargo."

The increased capability at the port is expected cut down onward journey times for construction companies, bringing them closer to areas of development, including developments along the Cambridge corridor.

Cllr Graham Plant, leader of Great Yarmouth Borough Council, said: “This new crane is yet more welcome private sector investment in the Outer Harbour and it will further enhance the port’s capabilities, helping to attract new business to the borough and region while benefitting existing port users, many of which are based locally.”