Teesport port takes delivery of electric cranes

One of three new electric rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes. Credit: PD Ports/Liebherr Container Cranes

Teesport Port in North Yorkshire, UK, has taken delivery of three electric cranes in a bid of owner PD Ports to reduce the port’s carbon footprint as part of the international standard for energy management systems (ISO 50001)

The electric rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes were supplied by Liebherr Container Cranes in December 2019. The RTGs are more than 24 m high and weigh 135 tonnes, and are the first of PD Ports’ electrically-powered cranes.

The new RTGs, which supplement the port’s existing fleet of seven cranes, will enable Teesport to support future trade growth coming in and out of the north of the UK. Further, they will boost PD Ports’ bid to become one of the UK government’s ten free ports, receiving special trade status. The ten ports will be announced at the end of 2020.