Two new empty container handlers, delivered at the end of 2018, marked the start of a planned programme of investment and redevelopment at DP World Southampton’s container terminal.
The new Hyster machines, which can tandem lift two empty 40ft containers and stack higher than the terminal’s current machines, will enable DP World Southampton to create more capacity in the terminal’s empty park.
Over the course of the next two years, DP World Southampton will invest in four more machines and completely replace its existing fleet with the most modern, fuel efficient and environmentally friendly machines on the market. These investments will ensure DP World Southampton remains the most productive port in the UK and offer the unique qualities required to enable smarter trade.
The machines, which were built and assembled at the Hyster assembly plant in Nijmegen, Holland, are compliant to the latest euro emission standards and will bring greater levels of efficiency to the business.
They are part of a project to redevelop the terminal’s empty park as Nick Loader, UK Chief Operating Officer, DP World, explained:
“This investment in new equipment is part of our strategy to continually review our assets, infrastructure and performance, so that we can deliver the best possible service and productivity to our customers in a sustainable way.”
Later this year, DP World Southampton will also take delivery of 12 new hybrid straddle carriers from Kalmar. These machines are also part of a sustainable investment programme to improve the terminal’s ship to shore handling of laden boxes.