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18,000 Mile Journey, To End Up In Liverpool.

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SHIP-TO-SHORE CRANES ARRIVE IN MERSEY FOR LIVERPOOL2 CONTAINER DEVELOPMENT Arrival marks end of 18000 miles (16,400nm) journey from Shanghai

Five 92m-high cranes are first of eight to be installed at new £300m terminal

A giant vessel bearing five ‘megamax’ quayside cranes sailed up the River Mersey today (Monday, 2 November), destined for the new Liverpool2 container terminal, completing the final stage of its voyage from China.

The cranes originally set off from Shanghai in August passing south-east Asia, India, the Arabian Peninsula and Africa via the Cape of Good Hope en route to Liverpool in a journey of over 30,000km (18,000m, 16,400nm).

The super-structures were produced by Chinese company, Zhenhua Heavy Industries Co (ZPMC), the largest heavy duty equipment manufacturer in the world, as part of a contract with Peel Ports worth over £100m. A total of eight ship-to-shore megamax cranes and 22 cantilever rail-mounted gantry cranes are being supplied to Peel Ports as part of the company’s £300 million investment programme to expand and develop the existing Port of Liverpool.

Each crane measures 92 metres high to the top of the frame, approximately the same as Liverpool’s iconic Liver building, and 132 metres high when the boom is raised. Each crane weighs around 1600 tonnes.

Liverpool2 is the UK’s largest transatlantic deep-sea port and container terminal and the investment in facilities will allow it to accommodate the majority of the world’s current container fleet, including vessels up to 20,000 TEU (twenty-foot equivalent units) or two 13,500 TEU vessels simultaneously.

Mark Whitworth, chief executive of Peel Ports, said: “This is a truly unique day in Liverpool’s long maritime history. The spectacular sight of these cranes sailing up the Mersey to the L2 site is unprecedented. Our investment in leading-edge infrastructure and technology will allow Liverpool to offer the quickest and most cost-effective route to market, not just for goods destined for the north of England, but also for Scotland, Ireland, North Wales, opening up new logistics routes estimated at four million TEU every year and increasing potential import and export trade.”

The cranes will have the ability to operate at speeds in excess of 30 moves per hour and will facilitate an anticipated 1,500 moves in each tidal window. They will be capable of twin-pick and outreach of 24 containers up to 10 high on deck, and safe working loads of up to 85 tonnes. They will also have the ability to operate in wind speeds of up to 55 miles per hour (88kmph).

http://peelports.com/news/ship-to-shore-cranes-arrive-in-mersey-for-liverpool2-container-development?return_url=/

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How the ****** did that boat not tip over in high seas around the Horn ?

I am always mighty impressed with stuff like this - reminds me that not all humans are useless pieces of shit.

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And I want to see a pic of the crane that put these cranes on that ship. :o

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Very impressive, and obviously contradicts the narrative that "the Chinese might make consumer goods, but you still need the west for key infrastructure"

I remember this strike in the 90s,https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liverpool_dockers%27_strikeI doubt these fellas will be troubling the port authority for much longer. A self driven container mover won't worry too much about crossing a picket line!

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I am always impressed by "big metal" engineering.

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But did we remember to order one that can take them off again?

You are needed in Liverpool. Urgently.

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How the ****** did that boat not tip over in high seas around the Horn ?

I am always mighty impressed with stuff like this - reminds me that not all humans are useless pieces of shit.

The ships that do this kind of thing are all computer controlled and the computers are tied into very sophisticated weather radar systems so they make constant changes in course to adjust for things like weather, tides, currents, etc.

I know this because I saw a TV programme on that engineering channel about it. They do lots of electronic 'anticipating'.

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Very impressive, and obviously contradicts the narrative that "the Chinese might make consumer goods, but you still need the west for key infrastructure"

I remember this strike in the 90s,https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liverpool_dockers%27_strikeI doubt these fellas will be troubling the port authority for much longer. A self driven container mover won't worry too much about crossing a picket line!

Another leg up for the communist Chinese instead. Nothing much troubles them.

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The ships that do this kind of thing are all computer controlled and the computers are tied into very sophisticated weather radar systems so they make constant changes in course to adjust for things like weather, tides, currents, etc.

I know this because I saw a TV programme on that engineering channel about it. They do lots of electronic 'anticipating'.

Not much room for error.

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How the ****** did that boat not tip over in high seas around the Horn ?

I am always mighty impressed with stuff like this - reminds me that not all humans are useless pieces of shit.

Indeed.

If I put on my armchair amateur engineer's hat I reckon I can work it out though.

Here's the boat:

http://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais/details/ships/shipid:684956/mmsi:477007300/imo:8414738/vessel:ZHEN_HUA23

Name: ZHEN HUA 23

Made 1986

Deadweight 81,279 Tonnes

The cranes weigh 8000 tonnes

I can't see the plymsoll line and the boat looks pretty low in the water.

So I think the answer to your question is about 73000 tonnes of ballast below the waterline keeping her centre of gravity and metacentre low.

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Great cranes, we have large ones too in Southampton. I can't help thinking this is "peak buying stuff from China" though, we're just skint. And it is also a shame that we couldn't build the cranes here, using steel that could have saved some jobs up North.

I remember the Chinese Container ship, the worlds largest coming to Southampton in 2012 to deliver all our Christmas presents.

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At the link - I noticed that from the other pictures, that they put all the blue containers on the outside to make it look nice. Inside the outer perimeter are your usual different colours.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2245394/Worlds-largest-container-ship-396m-long-arrives-Britain-maiden-carrying-thousands-Christmas-presents.html

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You have to give all credit to the Chinese. They sell us the cranes to help us unload more goods bought from China.

Beat me to it.

“This is a truly unique day in Liverpool’s long maritime history

Not much to do with Liverpool's long maritme history at all, more with China's.

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Beat me to it.

“This is a truly unique day in Liverpool’s long maritime history

Not much to do with Liverpool's long maritme history at all, more with China's.

Got to get the steel for the nuclear power plants unloaded from the ships somehow.

Although to be fair, we do sell property to the Chinese, so that is some ROI.

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But did we remember to order one that can take them off again?

Scousers don't need advice on how to remove loose goods from a parked vehicle.

All the cranes' owners need to do is pretend to look the other way in the middle of the night, wait for some thieving scallies to lever the cranes onto the quayside, and then switch the floodlights on and say ta very much for unloading our cranes now f#ck off back to the dole office.

(Disclaimer, I was born a scouser and still have the twang, so feel I am allowed to take the mickey out of the people folk of the city where I was born, possibly)

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Great cranes, we have large ones too in Southampton. I can't help thinking this is "peak buying stuff from China" though, we're just skint. And it is also a shame that we couldn't build the cranes here, using steel that could have saved some jobs up North.

I remember the Chinese Container ship, the worlds largest coming to Southampton in 2012 to deliver all our Christmas presents.

At the link - I noticed that from the other pictures, that they put all the blue containers on the outside to make it look nice. Inside the outer perimeter are your usual different colours.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2245394/Worlds-largest-container-ship-396m-long-arrives-Britain-maiden-carrying-thousands-Christmas-presents.html

More big metal! I remember seeing container ships popping out of the Suez Canal, about one a minute.

I used to live in Southampton, and worked at the Pirelli cable factory, before it was a shopping mall.

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That daily mail article says the new super large container ship is 51 times longer than the queen Mary 2, and 100 times longer than a saloon car. Glad I get my carefully calculated property investment tips off the same newspaper

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That daily mail article says the new super large container ship is 51 times longer than the queen Mary 2, and 100 times longer than a saloon car. Glad I get my carefully calculated property investment tips off the same newspaper

How many buses long is it? :wacko:

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3.

It's a bit longer than 3 buses! :blink:

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But they only arrive in 3s.

I would complain to "Mr Rave" about that!

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