Shoreham Port took delivery of three 200 tonne transformers this week which were offloaded by an even weightier giant telescopic crane. 

The transformers arrived on the 2,000-tonne cargo ship Nautica’ via the River Rhine, the North Sea and the Channel from the manufacturer in Krefeld, Germany and were off-loaded onto the quayside by one of the very few 1,000 tonne capacity cranes in the UK supplied by Baldwins Crane Hire Ltd. 

Standing at over 40 metres high, the 1,000-tonne crane arrived as a mobile base unit with jib and counterweights travelling separately on about a dozen additional lorries. Once at the Port, the giant crane was in itself assembled on Shoreham Port’s Brighton Terminal by one of Baldwins 100 tonne cranes. 

The transformers, used in larger electricity sub-stations like the new one for the Rampion Wind Farm at Bolney, will leave the Port one by one, two by road and the third on a barge for destinations elsewhere in England.

Tony Parker, Director of Engineering at Shoreham Port commented “Everything about the operation is huge, including the team required to make it work, and it needs a great deal of careful organisation and attention to detail to ensure everything goes to plan and programme. I wouldn’t miss it for the world, though. Who wouldn’t want to be involved with such an amazing feat!”

2016 Annual Report Timeline

Work begins on converting lights around the Port to LED energy efficient bulbs

Port staff are reminded of the importance of safety in the workplace with a thought provoking talk from Proud 2b Safe

Port assists Southwick Cricket Club and Shoreham Academy with the purchase of new cricket nets for the community

Chief Executive, Rodney Lunn is elected as Chairman of the British Ports Association

Community gathers to welcome HMS Shoreham back to the Port

Port thanks customers at annual raceday at Fontwell Park

Hundreds enjoy unique behind-the-scenes boat tour of the Port

The new wind turbines become fully operational

Port staff help complete Mile Oak Primary science bus project

Port celebrates prestigious environmental award for investigating and responding to an odour and oil seepage in the sea at Portslade Beach

The Engineering team successfully replace the sluice valve at the south east corner of the Prince Phillip Lock

Shoreham Port shows it support to Brighton & Hove City Mission Food Bank as their chosen Christmas Charity for 2016

Shoreham Port Speed Limit