Pictures capture the moment 432-tonne crane worth £3m arrives in Portsmouth

PORTSMOUTH’S waters are used to welcoming naval behemoths, commercial ferries, leisure craft and even the transportation of 80m-long wind turbine blades on occasions.

Monday, 22nd June 2020, 4:28 pm
Updated Monday, 22nd June 2020, 4:29 pm
Meri arrives in Portsmouth Harbour with the Portico crane.

Now another huge piece of cargo has been added to that list of feats after a 432-tonne mobile crane was delivered to Portico.

The £3m lifting device was made in the Netherlands and will help the city port’s cargo operations by shifting as much as 250 tonnes per lift.

These pictures taken by Brian Gibbs, from Southsea, and Portsmouth City Council, document the giant’s arrival in the city.

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Meri arrives in Portsmouth Harbour with Portico's crane.

You can our story on its arrival by clicking here.

Meri departs Portsmouth the following day, having delivered Portico's crane.
The 432-tonne mobile harbour crane arrives in Portsmouth Harbour.
A close-up of the crane being taken to Portico as it arrives in Portsmouth.
The arrival of a new 432-tonne mobile harbour crane is captured at Portico.
The arrival of a new 432-tonne mobile harbour crane at Portico is captured.
The arrival of a new 432-tonne mobile harbour crane at Portico is captured.
The arrival of a new 432-tonne mobile harbour crane at Portico is captured.
Meri leaves Portsmouth after delivering the crane to Portico.
Meri departs Portsmouth after delivering the crane to Portico.
Meri departs the following day, having delivered Portico's crane.
Meri arrives in Portsmouth Harbour with the Portico crane.