The Port of Felixstowe, is set to double its rail capacity with the arrival of three state-of-the-art rail mounted gantry cranes ("RMG"). The cranes form part of a new Rail Terminal at the port which will increase the range of rail services provided by the port. These first three RMGs, manufactured by Liebherr in Ireland, will span the new nine track rail terminal at the port, making them the biggest intermodal rail terminal cranes in the UK.
The terminal, co-financed by the European Union Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) programme, will dramatically increase the port's rail capacity at a time when logistics operators are increasingly seeking low-carbon transport options, future-proofing Felixstowe's rail offering for the foreseeable future. The port already has the UK's busiest intermodal rail hub by far and the new terminal will double its rail handling capacity.
Civil engineering work is near completion, with 10km of track laid and the UK's only intermodal rail traverser successfully installed in February 2013. Designed to handle trains up to 35 wagons long, the new North Rail Terminal reinforces the port's commitment to sustainable distribution.