London Gateway port receives giant cranes

The largest cranes ever to be delivered to the UK have arrived at London Gateway’s deep-sea facility, having left China three months ago. The quay cranes are each taller than the London Eye and weigh in at 1,848 tonnes. Footage of these impressive cranes can be seen at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gdAFiEvEVuU.

Tim Halhead, London Gateway operations director, said, “The size of the cranes future-proofs the port, allowing London Gateway to handle the next generation of ultra large container ships.”

The cranes will be used to lift containers from some of the world’s largest cargo ships onto the shore at the new London Gateway port, which is due to open at the end of this year. When complete, its owners, Dubai-based DP World, say it could bring 36,000 jobs to the economy.

Afghanistan on the rise

With UK exports to Afghanistan totalling £346 million in 2011, this central Asian country has come a long way since the days of the Taliban. Economic growth has been strong, with a predicted 8% average growth in 2013, following hot on the heels of estimated 22% growth last year.

Origin offer an unrivalled service to Afghanistan, with services into Kabul, Kandahar, forward operating bases and military airfields, with FCL, project, RO-RO and air services. Get in touch today on 0845 272 2459 to find out more.

Join us at BreakBulk 2013!

If you’re on your way to Shanghai for the Breakbulk China 2013 Conference, keep an eye out for us! Origin directors Jamie Whyatt and Andy Berry will be attending the conference from 13th to 15th March. There will be a whole host of interesting events taking place including talks and workshops, with over 130 exhibitors in attendance.

We hope to catch you at the conference – for more information get in touch with us on 0845 272 2459.