zoom Britain’s Port of Felixstowe will now be able to accommodate two of the world’s largest containerships simultaneously with the latest extension of Berth 9, which has been officially put in operation today.This 190-metre extension increases significant capability of the port which has already handled more than eighty ships of 18,000+TEU in 2015.The quay length of the port’s newest terminal is now 920 metres, and the total quay length in the port nearly 4,000 metres.Dr Therese Coffey MP, Deputy Leader of the House of Commons, who officially opened the extension, said:“Felixstowe was the first port in the UK to handle these vessels and this latest development will help ensure UK exports reach overseas markets in the most efficient way possible.”Coffey added that with the increasing proportion of UK trade moving on containerships the ports are in need of such facilities.Port of Felixstowe has acquired three new ship-to-shore gantry cranes to work on the extended terminal. The cranes are capable of working vessels with containers stacked 10-high, and 24-wide, on deck. There are now 10 cranes on Berths 8 and 9 and 36 in the port as a whole.“The Berth 9 Extension represents the latest phase of development at the Port of Felixstowe. Our programme of continued investment has ensured that the UK remains a destination for direct calls by the latest generation of mega-ships,” Clemence Cheng, Chief Executive Officer of the Port of Felixstowe and Managing Director of HPH Europe division, said.The Port of Felixstowe is the largest container port in the UK, handling 44% of all UK container traffic.
Philippi-Hagenbuch Inc, a global leader in off-highway truck customisation, has “revolutionised” a new version of their Autogate® Tailgate – a PHIL innovation unveiled 50 years ago specifically for Komatsu rigid frame trucks. With its introduction in 1969, PHIL’s Autogate Tailgate was the first commercially available tailgate and it says has since become the de facto standard in off-highway truck tailgates utilized in quarries and mines around the world. PHIL unveiled this newest version of the Autogate Tailgate at the 2019 AGG1 Academy & Expo.“The new design reflects PHIL’s commitment to keep pace with client feedback and constantly innovate new ideas to maximize efficiency and minimise maintenance on the ever-changing models of off-highway haul trucks available. PHIL’s new Autogate Tailgate for Komatsu rigid frame trucks is designed with a traditional outrigger that bolts to the undercarriage of the off-highway truck. This new design does not require any welding to the frame, allowing operators to retain Komatsu’s original OEM truck frame warranty. The design’s new ‘banana superstructure’ provides the stability, quality and structural integrity that Philippi-Hagenbuch is known for without sacrificing best-of-class opening clearance at full dump. The new design minimises frustrations of end-user service departments concerning premature tailgate chain wear and roller-box maintenance found previously on tailgates designed for Komatsu rigid frame trucks.”As with PHIL’s entire line of Autogate Tailgates, a three-year warranty is standard when installed with PHIL Installation Supervision Assistance or at their Peoria, Illinois factory. Optional body seals, fluidic seals and cushion pads are available to further customise PHIL’s Autogate Tailgates for unique applications. When capacity is a concern, the PHIL Autogate Tailgate for Komatsu rigid frame trucks can also be built up for sideboards. Sideboards are available in one-inch increments from 6-inches to 40-inches in height and provide a unified body height while increasing the volumetric capacity of the truck body, helping operators achieve optimal loads.The newest Autogate Tailgate and its full slate of options are available for order on Komatsu HD405-8, HD465-8 and HD605-8 haul trucks. Retrofit kits to convert legacy tailgates for Komatsu HD series rigid frame trucks in -5, -7 and -7EO models will be available in late spring 2019.