Able Seaton Port is ready for the arrival of the UK's largest harbour crane today. This initiative is leading to expansion of the port facilities on both the Tees and the Humber. The mobile crane is coming from Rostock in Germany and is a multi-million investment. The machine is designed in a way to meet the Able’s specialist requirements. The crane (Leibherr LHM600SHL) is capable of lifting 208 tonnes, its hook height is not according to standard 45 metres, but has been constructed to be 64 metres. The harbour crane is designed to access even tall structures such as semi-submersible oil rigs.
Leibherr LHM600SHL will be used for different activities in the domain of handling project cargo, for components of the offshore wind industry, maintaining offshore oil and gas drilling rigs and other port activities. This new harbour crane will help not only the port to expand, but also will create 40 new jobs. With the arrival of the mobile unit, the Government allowed the expansion of the 900-acre project Able Marine Energy Park on the South Bank of the Humber.
Able has a contract for the disposal of 4 offshore structures from Brent Field (Shell operated) in the North Sea. Able UK Managing Director Andrew Jacques announced:
"The acquisition of this specialist crane underlines our future proofing to ensure that we continue to provide the best possible service to meet the needs of our customers…it will certainly help to attract more business to Seaton Port and the Tees. providing more opportunities for local businesses and further complimenting the construction of new quays at Seaton Port—one of which will be used for loading of single-piece offshore structures of up to 48,000 tonnes."