12 April 2011

Shoreham Port has taken delivery of a giant new hydraulic grab which will enable a super-quick and efficient service on the Port's new biomass exporting operation.

Large quantities of the biomass - which is mostly woodchip waste from the construction industries - is exported to Northern Europe and Scandinavia where it is used to power highly efficient, environment-friendly power stations.  

The grab, known as an 'orange peel' grab, was manufactured in Estonia and has a capacity of 10 cubic metres, allowing 2,000 tonnes of biomass to be loaded onto a ship in only 24 hours.

To ensure dust from the biomass is controlled, a new sprinkler system has been fitted to the whole area.

A new Sennenbogen crane will also be delivered to the port in June, to assist with the operation.

Alan Motterham, Commercial & Operations Director said, "The arrival of the new grab demonstrates our determination to meet all the requirements of our new and existing customers as trade continues to expand at the port".

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