New Cranes Arrive From China to Expand Le Havre's Container Port

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New gantries arriving in France - photos and video courtesy of Haropa Port of Le Havre

Published Aug 28, 2020 5:54 PM by The Maritime Executive

Four of the world’s largest gantry cranes recently arrived at the Port du Havre, France as part of the ongoing efforts design to expand the capabilities of France’s leading container port for foreign trade to accommodate the world’s largest container ships.

Coming from China by sea, the four gantries arrived on the Zhen Hua 27, a ship that specializes in transporting heavy loads. Each gantry weighs 2,100 tons, has a lifting capacity of 54 meters under the spreader, with a range of 26 rows of containers, and can handle two 40-foot containers simultaneously.

According to the port authority, studies were then carried out to make the unloading process safe and find the solution most suited to the dimensions of the cranes. Temporary rails were positioned at the edge of the dock to move each gantry using powerful winches from the ship to the quay and it had to be performed at high tide.  

The new gantries are scheduled to enter service in October adding to the 10 gantries already at Le Havre’s Port 2000 terminals. This addition is part of the overall expansion of the terminal facilities at the port. They also noted that land preparation and construction work on the quay at Stations 11 and 12 has begun. The new container terminal is expected to be operational in 2024.

At the same time, they are completing the study phase for the direct river access to Port 2000. The study is expected to be completed by the end of 2020. Work is expected to start in 2022 on this phase of the expansion with commissioning at the end of 2023.