Port of King's Lynn - Associated British Ports

The future is bright for the port of King's Lynn



Port of Kings Lynn Hanse Bulk Terminal Opening Ceremony, Bentinck Dock.

Photographs taken by John Barrett LRPS

Friday 15 September 2017.

New Hanse Bulk Terminal

Photographs taken by John Barrett LRPS


Hanse Bulk Terminal

An official opening ceremony was held on Friday last week to celebrate the completion of a new bulk store terminal at the Port of King's Lynn worth £2.2 million. The new terminal, which will provide state-of-the-art facilities to ABP customers is part of an ongoing programme to improve the operational infrastructure at the port.

Named the Hanse Bulk Terminal, reflecting Kings Lynn's long trading heritage with the Hanseatic League from medieval times, the new facility also contains four bays which were named during the opening ceremony. The first bay, St Edmund's Bay was named after the local school, which visited the port earlier this year and the second was named True's Bay after the True's Yard Fisherfolk Museum.

The third bay was given the name Savages Carousel, by St Edmund's Academy in memory of the famous Savage entrepreneurial family of Kings Lynn. The fourth - Howard's Bay, was named after a fondly remembered, valued member of the ABP team at King's Lynn, Michael Howard, who passed away in 2008.

Attending the event were Sir Henry Bellingham, MP for North West Norfolk, Councillor Carol Bower, Mayor of King's Lynn and West Norfolk, Andrew Harston, ABP's Short Sea Ports Director and Jens Nielsen, ABP's Commercial Director.

Sir Henry Bellingham, MP for North West Norfolk, said: "Friday was an exceptionally special day for King's Lynn. The very substantial investment by APB in this state of the art bulk terminal is the latest in a programme of new builds and upgrades at Lynn docks over the past 4 years. This really does underline ABP's commitment to both West Norfolk and this wider region as we play our part in boosting Britain's trade."

This new addition to the port's infrastructure is part of a £3.3m investment which also includes the purchase of a new crane. The new warehouse at the Port of King's Lynn will store grain and agribulks, enabling the different cargo areas to be re-organised. With this latest development at the Port of King's Lynn will further boost increased solar capacity, which will help make port operations more sustainable.

Andrew Harston, Short Sea Ports Director, said: "Constructing new facilities in a way that minimises their impact on the environment is important to us. That is why the new terminal is equipped with solar panels to provide a clean energy generating capacity and the latest generation of energy efficient lighting systems within the facility itself.



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Last updated 2 October 2017




Hudge investment at Port of Kings Lynn 3rd March 2017

Photographs taken by John Barrett LRPS

Friday 3rd March 2017.

Single Photo MANTSINEN hydraulic crane

Above (Photo 17/0640792) The Port of King's Lynn has a new MANTSINEN hydraulic crane. Pictured cutting the ribbon are (LtoR) Chief Executive and executive director of the Board of Associated British Ports Holdings James Cooper, Norfolk County Council chairman Cllr David Collis, The Mayor of King's Lynn & West Norfolk David Whitby, North West Norfolk MP Sir Henry Bellingham and ABPs Short Sea Ports Director Andrew Harston.

Short Sea Ports Director Andrew Harston said:- ABP's investment into the Port of King's Lynn is part of the company's broader £1bn commitment to investment across the 21 ABP ports.

The construction of the new bulk warehouse and the purchase of the Mantsinen crane is intended to support our customers by providing new facilities and equipment, supporting their growth by investing in the future of ABP King's Lynn.

Port manager Paul Brooks said when completed later this year, the new warehouse would have six bays, each capable of accommodating a 3,500-tonne ship's cargo. Ageing warehouses beside the docks will also be demolished to make way for a new timber yard when completed later this year.


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Friday 22nd January 2017.

Single Photo MANTSINEN hydraulic crane


Above (Photo 17/064486) Port of King's Lynn's New MANTSINEN 120M HybriLift hydraulic crane is on site and being assembled and tested and allowing King's Lynn staff to be trained for it's operation and maintenance.

This is one of the five MANTSINEN hydraulic cranes destined for ABP facilities across the UK Supplied and installed by Cooper, arguably the country's largest independent supplier of port equipment.

Importantly, in addition to the crane's great capacity, it benefits from a much higher undercarriage to enable the boom to find horizontal with the stick length, providing full reach to the bottom of the deeper vessels. The higher undercarriage also affords for the facility of an intermediate service platform which means the upper carriage can park in any position across its 360 degree rotation with the operator being able to dismount safely.




Future is bright for Port of Kings Lynn.

Associated British Ports (ABP) is keen to give the port a makeover, as part of a commitment to equip its sites with modern technology and machinery.

That investment includes a new £1.1m crane (see above) which will enable the port to accommodate wider vessels.

Paul Brooks, port manager, said: The future is bright for the port of King's Lynn, with the investment, and the continued support of our workforce and customers.

John Jarvis, port operations manager, said

ABP had recognised that investment was required, and was delivering: Last year the port handled about 500,000 tonnes of cargo. While that has been stable for about three years, we are now seeing an upturn. We have just ordered a new £1.1m crane with a wider reach, which will enable us to accommodate larger vessels, up to 18m in width, and a wider scope of products, and also support our current customer base. We are also building a new 15,000 tonnes shed to replace an existing one, which would cost about £3m. We are also looking to recruit more staff. Thirty-five full-time staff are already employed here. And have already invested £200,000 for solar panels.

The port also has three new forklift trucks in operation. They are being used in a variety of activities such as loading bricks, timber, steel and general cargo. These trucks have a lower fuel consumption, but provide improved driver comfort and aids.

The port's main import is timber from Scandinavia and the Baltic while it exports wheat, barley and oilseed.


Other ABP Ports.

ABP's Port of Garston in Liverpool, UK, is home to the world's largest hydraulic crane (from Finland). A Mantsinen 200M - the largest machine of its type and the first to come to the UK - is supplied to ABP by Cooper Specialised Handling (on the north bank of the River Mersey).

Other Ports also having Mantsinen hydraulic cranes include:- Ipswich, King's Lynn, Teignmouth, Garston and Swansea.

Cooper Specialised Handling, arguably the largest independent supplier of port equipment in the UK, has secured contracts with a total value of £6million with Associated British Ports (ABP) for the supply of five Mantsinen hydraulic cranes. The five contracts include an order for the 200M, the world's largest hydraulic crane.

In one of the largest tenders of its type in recent times, ABP specified one hydraulic crane for each of its Short Sea Ports regional sites in Ipswich, King's Lynn, Teignmouth and Garston and then also for its South Wales region, Swansea.

The Mantsinen machines that Cooper are supplying range from a 90M wheeled machine at Teignmouth to a 200M, weighing in excess of 280 tonnes, at Garston. ABP Garston's contract will not only see the first Mantsinen 200M come to the UK, but it also represents the largest crane of its type to be supplied in the country, beating the 230 tonne Mantsinen 160M machine supplied by Cooper to Belfast Harbour. Two near identical 120M cranes are at ABP's Swansea and King's Lynn sites, while the only tracked machine, a 95R model is at Ipswich.

Andrew Harston, ABP Short Sea Ports Director, said: "ABP is dedicated to putting our customers first. That is why we are continuing to invest in brand-new equipment and technology to ensure we can offer our customers the highest possible standards of service and innovative solutions. We have been pleased to work with Cooper Specialised Handling. Each port has its own handling needs dependent on vessel sizes, load commodities and in some cases, very specific ground loading requirements."



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