A £1.1million investment in award-winning hydraulic crane technology is set to strengthen the strategic economic importance of ABP’s Port of King’s Lynn.
Contributing £40million to the regional economy, the port offers a route to international markets for local farmers and supports the construction sector.
ABP is committed to driving growth in the region and the decision to enhance the Short Sea Port’s loading and unloading capabilities is part of a wider investment programme involving infrastructure improvements at the 97 acre site.
The Port of King’s Lynn, which supports 590 local jobs and handles over 500,000 tonnes of cargo, specialises in agribulks, including fertiliser and grain. The Alexandra Grain Silo Complex offers 25,000 tonne storage capacity and a 6,000 tonne silo and supplementary flat store for cereals and pulses is based at the port. The new Mantsinen 120M hydraulic crane, which has been supplied by Cooper Specialised Handling, the UK’s largest independent provider of port equipment, is set to play a central role as ABP develops its agribulks business.
Paul Brooks, ABP’s Port Manager at King’s Lynn and Lowestoft, said: “By enabling us to handle wider vessels more efficiently, the new crane will deliver significant improvements in cargo handling for our primary grain trade while also supporting our plans to develop trade in aggregates and building products.
“Increases in efficiency coupled with the enhanced service we can provide to our customers will contribute to making the port fit for the future, enabling us to support a regional economy that is likely to become increasingly reliant on export markets and the growing offshore energy industry.”
Throughout the procurement process crane operators at the Port of King’s Lynn worked closely with Cooper Specialised Handling, both on the specification of the new crane and to design a customised lifting beam attachment that will boost productivity in the port’s bagged cargo operations.
This is the third Mantsinen crane supplied by Cooper Specialised Handling to ABP as part of a £6million investment. Similar equipment is already in operation at ABP’s ports in Teignmouth and Swansea, while further equipment is destined for Ipswich and Garston.
Operating in all sectors of heavy lifting across the UK and Ireland, Cooper Specialised Handling is the exclusive UK distributor for SveTruck, RAM Spreaders, Telestack bulk material handling conveying systems and Sany mobile handling equipment, sole UK importer and exclusive distributor for Mantsinen cranes, Movella Translifters, TEC Containers and a long-term specialist in Konecranes lift trucks. The company, which celebrated 20 years in business in 2018, also has a dedicated after-sales division, Cooper Handling Solutions, which specialises in engineering support.
Independently owned, Cooper offers total solutions in both solids and bulk handling. Its customised solutions comprise high quality, high value products and reliable service for businesses operating in the most challenging heavy handling environments, including ports, freight handling, inter-modal terminals, manufacturing and other heavy lifting industries.