The flotilla is expected to depart from Ipswich Haven Marina at 8. 00am on Saturday morning to meet the 10. 00am start time from Harwich mouth. While staying at the marina, the competitors will attend a gala dinner at Ipswich Town Hall, hosted by the borough council. Working in co-operation with ABP, Ipswich Borough Council convinced bank representatives that Ipswich was the ideal venue for this year’s stopover after giving them a tour of Ipswich Haven Marina and the newly developed and bustling waterfront. We are very pleased to welcome our Dutch visitors and hope that they will tell their friends at home about what we can offer.
ABP Connect has contracted Liebherr, the internationally renowned crane manufacturer, to supply a new gantry-container crane to ABP Connect Cargoflow – Immingham , ABP Connect’s four-berth ro-ro and lo-lo terminal at Associated British Ports’ Port of (formerly known as Exxtor Terminal) is expected to take delivery of the high-capacity Liebherr P98L in early Spring 2005. Able to move a staggering 40 containers per hour, the new crane will work alongside the existing Liebherr gantry-container crane at the terminal, and will significantly improve the terminal’s current container-handling capacity.
Further improvements to shore-side operations, due to be introduced by the end of 2004, will also help to reduce ship-turnaround times greatly. This new crane comes at a very exciting time for Liebherr, with additional orders for modern, high-performance cranes expected in the near future, and several other projects currently at commissioning stage. Liebherr is very pleased to have been awarded this contract and looks forward to working with ABP Connect on the completion of their expansion programme at Cargoflow – Immingham.
Delivery of the new crane will mark the final stage of the £6 million, three-phase expansion programme which began earlier this year, to increase container-handling capacity at Cargoflow – Immingham. This crane, along with the skills and experience that we have built up over the years, will enable our team in to optimise the performance of our terminal and enable it to accommodate the growth in container traffic we expect over the coming months and years on the Humber.