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Inchcape handles arrival of three Shanghai cranes at London Gateway

INCHCAPE Shipping Services has been handling the arrangements, as an agent, for the arrival of the first three giant cranes at the UK's new deepsea container port.

Inchcape handles arrival of three Shanghai cranes at London Gateway
08 March 2013 - 19:24
Inchcape handles arrival of three Shanghai cranes at London Gateway

INCHCAPE Shipping Services (ISS) has been handling the arrangements, as an agent, for the arrival of the first three giant cranes at the UK's new deepsea container port, Dubai Port DP World's US$1.5 billion London Gateway that is due to open in September.

As the largest quay cranes in Britain and weighing 2,000 tonnes each, the company arranged the complex operation of easing the heavy-lift vessel operated by Shanghai Zhenhua Shipping onto the berth ready to start the unloading process. This involved coordinating pilots, tug assistance and a berthing party to moor the vessel alongside.

With the cranes arriving after a two month voyage from Shanghai and the London Gateway being the first port of call within the European Union, the designated agent was responsible for declaring the vessel and her cargo to the central European reporting system for customs clearance, as well as the local UK inbound customs reporting. It was also required to compile a report for the port health authorities certifying the ship's sanitation conditions and the crew's medical health.

Manufactured by ZPMC the new cranes are the first in the UK to be able to lift four containers at once.

"We began work on this project in October last year and it took a great deal of planning and reconnaissance with ourselves and the berthing party at the terminal to ensure we were fully prepared and had eliminated any potential problems," said Inchcape port manager Harry Corkerry.
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