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DP World Southampton expands terminal to handle mega boxships

DUBAI-BASED global terminal operator, DP World Southampton, has acquired an additional 11.2 acres on stream and is to upgrade its container handling equipment and quayside cranes to remain in step with the world's largest container vessels.

DP World Southampton expands terminal to handle mega boxships
23 September 2016 - 21:19

DP World Southampton expands terminal to handle mega boxships
DUBAI-BASED global terminal operator, DP World Southampton, has acquired an additional 11.2 acres on stream and is to upgrade its container handling equipment and quayside cranes to remain in step with the world's largest container vessels.
The expansion of the terminal to almost 250 acres will support operations at Southampton Container Terminal 5 (SCT 5) - the Port of Southampton's newest and largest deep-water berth, which opened in March 2014. With the extra land it has created 640 extra ground spaces to store containers, reports Colchester's Seatrade Maritime News.
DP World Southampton CEO Nick Loader said the new land behind SCT 5 enables shorter run distances for straddle carriers taking containers to and from the stack and will improve productivity.
"Container ships are getting bigger all the time. The 11.2 acres of new land will allow us to increase the utilisation of SCT 5," Mr Loader said.
"It will also help us to be much more efficient so that DP World Southampton can continue to load and unload vessels faster than any other container terminal in the UK. Our customers tell us that we are the most productive terminal in the UK and we intend to stay that way."
DP World Southampton has invested in 17 new straddle carriers from Polish manufacturer Kalmar to replace older equipment. Two new super post-panamax cranes are also scheduled for delivery in early 2018.

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