A titanic unloading operation
Over the space of a week, from Monday 17 to Sunday 23 August, the teams mobilised on site worked to unload the gantries: an exceptional operation organised by GMP.
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. However, the 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.
Port 2000, at the heart of the port's development strategy
This latest acquisition is part of the development of GMP - PortSynergy, which already operates 10 gantries on Le Havre’s port 2000 terminals and also confirms the position of the port of Le Havre, and more broadly of HAROPA, in the world's maritime flows.
At the same time, the plans for Port 2000’s completion are continuing. Covering 42 hectares and 700 m of additional linear quay space, land preparation and construction work on the quay at Stations 11 and 12 has begun. The new container terminal is expected to be operational in 2024.
At the same time, completion of the study phase for the direct river access to Port 2000 project is expected to take place by the end of the year to make way for the public inquiry. The first work is expected to start in 2022, with commissioning at the end of 2023.
Coming from China by sea, the four gantries ordered by GMP arrived on the Zhen Hua 27, a ship that specialises in transporting heavy loads.
Each gantry weighs 2100 tons, has a lifting capacity of 54 metres under the spreader, offers a range of 26 rows of containers and can handle 2 40-foot containers simultaneously.