New photos of 138 metre cranes from China on Thames

Three cranes
Huge new cranes arrive at The London Gateway Credit: Derek Johnson

Three new giant cranes have arrived from China into the new deep-sea port in the Thames Estuary. The site is near Stanford le-Hope in Essex. The quay cranes which are taller than the London Eye measure 138 metres in height - two and a half times the height of Nelson's column in Trafalgar Square.

The cranes will be used to lift containers from big ships onto the shore. The LOndon Gateway is due to open at the end of 2013. When complete, its owners say it could bring 36,000 jobs to the economy.

London Gateway cranes
Three new cranes close up Credit: Derek Johnson
Artist's impression of the completed London Gateway
Artist's impression of the completed London Gateway Credit: London Gateway

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Giant cranes for Thames port

Three giant cranes will arrive at Britain's new deep water port in the Thames Estuary today. They will be used to transport containers from ship to shore.