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4 latest-generation gantries brought to Le Havre

[ September 9, 2020   //   ]

Port du Havre, France’s premier container port for foreign trade, has welcomed four of the world’s largest latest-generation gantries to the GMP – PortSynergy-operated Terminal de France.
Over the space of a week, August 17-23, teams mobilized on site worked to unload the gantries: an exceptional operation organized by GMP. The effort is part of Port 2000.
Inaugurated in 2006, Port 2000 was designed to accommodate the world’s largest container ships. The construction of the docks was designed to accommodate modern port equipment such as these new gantries.
Various departments involved have worked closely together to validate and ensure the success of this spectacular operation. In particular, it was necessary to verify the suitability of the gantries in relation to the permissible load of the docks. Studies were then carried out to make the unloading process safe and find the solution most suited to the dimensions of these machines. As such, temporary rails were positioned at the edge of the dock to move each gantry using powerful winches from the ship to the quay – an operation carried out at high water.
The new gantries are scheduled to come into service in October.