15.11.2021 | Ports

Game-changing electric cranes ordered for ABP Port of Ipswich

ABP plans to decarbonise its ports with greener operations. 

Associated British Ports (ABP) has announced that its blue cranes at the Port of Ipswich will soon be turning green. A new supply contract with Cooper Specialised Handling has been agreed upon, which will deliver some of the first fully mains electric powered hydraulic cranes in the UK to the Port. ABP has already reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 35% since 2014, and this £4 million investment is another step in ABP’s mission to reduce CO2 emissions and energy consumption. The company expects all cargo handling operations at the Port of Ipswich to be fully electrified within five years.

The Mantsinen model 95ER is the model destined for use at the Port of Ipswich. It has been configured around the specific workings of the port operation. To enhance efficiencies, each machine will be supplied with innovative insight reporting systems that can further reduce energy. This model will replace the diesel-powered version and will improve ABP’s cargo handling service to its customers.

The Port already has some 4,000 solar panels installed onsite, generating sufficient energy to power the two new cranes. ABP has also invested in an electricity sub-station infrastructure that is future-proofed to accommodate up to four electric-powered cranes working concurrently on the same quay.

Commenting on behalf of ABP Paul Ager Divisional Port Manager East Coast said:

“This investment shows that going green does not cost the earth. In addition to reducing our CO2 footprint, we estimate that these electric cranes will save in excess of 40% in energy costs. The electrification of our cranes will also significantly reduce noise emissions.

“At ABP, we have firm plans to decarbonise our ports. We know greener operations is
important to our customers too, and we are listening.”

Speaking on behalf of Cooper Specialised Handling, Executive Director, David Cooper commented:

“This is truly a landmark supply, and hope this is the first of many. We congratulate ABP on
their foresight and vision in opting for electric power. We have noticed a significant increase in interest in both direct electric power and Mantsinen’s dual power (electric and diesel in one machine) however, infrastructure costs become a barrier that often thwarts further investment. ABP have tackled this head-on and will feel the cost and environmental benefits in the years ahead.”

The new units are expected to enter service in Spring 2022.