New crane at Peel Ports Great Yarmouth looms over town
- Credit: Nick Butcher
The latest addition to Great Yarmouth's skyline marks the start of a new era in the town's maritime history.
A huge crane at the port reaches 120m (394ft) into the air, standing three times taller than nearby Nelson's Monument in South Denes.
The port transformation continues as it gears up for its role in constructing new windfarms in the North Sea as well as working on decommissioning oil rigs.
The ALE Heavy lift SXL850 crane, manufactured by Liebherr, stands above the newly prepared quayside at the North Terminal and will be used to carry heavy wind turbine parts onto vessels in the outer harbour.
The construction work to enhance port infrastructure is part of multi-million pound investment for the Galloper Wind Farm and East Anglia ONE Wind Farm projects.
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Port director Richard Goffin believes this latest investment in port-side facilities will consolidate Yarmouth's position as a leading offshore energy port facility in the UK.
'The start of these works marks significant progress in our plans to grow and diversify our offering at Great Yarmouth within the energy sector. These planned infrastructure investments will benefit future wind farm developments and the wider energy sector for many years to come,' he said.
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Construction work will include the delivery of a yard storage and marshalling area, as well as the installation of heavy-lift quay facilities. This area will serve as the arrival hub for many of the key components of the Galloper Wind Farm such as nacelles, blades, towers and electrical modules, and as the base for the tower pre-assembly and nacelle preparation.
Project director for East Anglia ONE Charlie Jordan said: 'Peel Ports Great Yarmouth will be integral to the successful delivery of East Anglia ONE, which will be one of the largest offshore wind farms to go into construction anywhere in the world.
'The industry-leading Siemens turbines we are using have blade lengths of 75 metres, so the size and scale of the equipment that will be handled by Yarmouth is pretty impressive.
'This development work will ensure that the facilities at Yarmouth are some of the best anywhere for delivering large-scale offshore windfarms.'