Port of Sunderland and Liebherr join forces to increase cargo capacity

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Port of Sunderland has strengthened links with Sunderland’s nearby Liebherr plant after major infrastructure improvements paved the way allowed it to handle more cargo.

Matthew Hunt (left) and Ralph Saelzer (right).

Matthew Hunt (left) and Ralph Saelzer (right).

The port has completed two rounds of cargo handling projects for the Deptford crane manufacturer, making use of its redeveloped Jubilee Quay, which underwent a £400,000 resurfacing programme during the summer.

The refurbished land was used as a base from which to load three large Liebherr cranes to a vessel for shipment overseas earlier this month week - the first operation to be completed on the quay following the end of redevelopment work in September.

Port director Matthew Hunt: “The successful delivery of a project for Liebherr has opened the door for us to work with the business more closely and we are delighted to have helped them with another project, which we completed after the resurfacing project that was announced in August.

“Liebherr’s custom since then is a real vote of confidence in the port.

We really do hope that this is an opportunity for us to further build on our relationship with a business that has such strong links in the city and to work in partnership long into the future.

Matthew Hunt

“We really do hope that this is an opportunity for us to further build on our relationship with a business that has such strong links in the city and to work in partnership long into the future.”

Port of Sunderland initially supported Liebherr with a storage project, shifting three offshore cranes from the company’s factory upriver for temporary storage.

The port offered the required facilities at short notice, with existing storage sheds and the newly developed quay providing space to house the large metal structures.

Ralph Saelzer, managing director of Liebherr Sunderland Works, said: “Port of Sunderland has been a fantastic support to us on these projects.

The Liebherr plant at Deptford, Sunderland.

The Liebherr plant at Deptford, Sunderland.

“Both of these operations went extremely smoothly and have been handled absolutely professionally, and that is testament to the team at Port of Sunderland, and a great example of two local businesses supporting one another.”

The latest round of improvements at Port of Sunderland began in July and saw Jubilee Quay – the third largest of its eleven quays - redeveloped, with a new asphalt hardstanding that allows it to be used for the shipments of bulk and project cargoes.

The project, saw earthworks, surfacing and drainage work carried out on the site, and follows major work at the port’s Greenwell’s Quay which has also been resurfaced.