A MASSIVE crane - which has been brought in to do work on a Hartlepool site - has been hailed as a major step forward for the firm that has acquired it.
The largest harbour crane in the UK has arrived at the Able Seaton Port site in Hartlepool.
Bosses at Able say it is a major step forward in Able UK’s planned expansion of its port facilities on both the Tees and the Humber.
The multi-million Leibherr LHM600SHL mobile crane was delivered from Rostock in Germany. It has been specially adapted to meet Able’s specialist requirements such as handling cargo, particularly components for the offshore wind sector.
Able staff can also use it for maintaining offshore oil and gas drilling rigs and other general port-related activities.
Managing Director Andrew Jacques said the crane will help to attract more business to Seaton Port and the Tees.
He said it would “provide more opportunities for local businesses and further compliment the construction of new quays at Seaton Port — one of which will be used for loading of single-piece offshore structures of up to 48,000 tonnes.”