£1m investment is a big lift for port capabilities

HEADING TO GRIMSBY: A new LiehberrLH110 Port Handling Machine.
By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted:  19 Oct 2017

A MAJOR investment in port handling equipment has been made by RMS Grimsby & Immingham, as it builds on capacity and capability.

More than £1 million has been committed to the acquisition, in what is the biggest single investment in equipment since a management restructure of the group was completed earlier this year.

RMS, which absorbed what was Freshney Cargo Services into the wider Humber operation, and proudly boasts operations in every port accessed from the estuary, is anticipating the arrival of the Liehberr LH110 Port Handling Machine this week.

Andy Dixon, (pictured left), managing director of RMS Grimsby & Immingham, said: “This is a new development by Liebherr Port Handling machines and will be the first 110M type machine in the UK.

“This is by far our most exciting investment yet, in 27 years of port operations at Grimsby, and projects us into the future.”

While it will complement the existing crane fleet, it also marks the start of a replacement programme, and was made possible with funding assistance from HSBC.

Further options are being explored as the group “looks to grow, develop and invest for the future”, Mr Dixon said.

The handler will be equipped with two, three and five square metre grabs, a 1.4 square metre claw grab, 25 tonne hook block and bale clamp.

From the leading German manufacturer, a pioneer in craneage, the 110M offers a high lift capacity and long reach, with hydraulic cab operation to enable the best viewpoint at the controls.

Mr Dixon said: “We will have handling capacity for any type of cargo for up to 7,000 dwt vessels for the years ahead.”

RMS operates from Westside Road in Grimsby, serving berths in Alexandra Dock and Royal Dock.