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New electric crane at CEMEX’s Battersea Wharf, a ‘first’ in UK

August 17th, 2009
New electric crane at CEMEX’s Battersea Wharf, a ‘first’ in UK

 Click here to view the CEMEX Battersea Wharf crane video (.wmv)

17th August 2009:  CEMEX UK, building materials provider, has invested in the first Sennebogen Green Line 870R-HD crane, in the UK. The new £500,000 crane, powered by electricity as opposed to diesel, is in operation at CEMEX’s Battersea Wharf adjacent to the River Thames in London. The crane is more economical to run, there are no direct emissions and it is extremely quiet compared to a mechanical diesel engine.

The crane in CEMEX livery, as well as being the first of this model in the UK, is the first to be used in an inland water operation, the other four Sennebogen machines have been placed in UK ports. All have the capability to handle 450 tonnes of aggregates an hour and incorporate a state-of-the-art load sensing hydraulic system.

CEMEX is transporting 4 or 5 barge loads of sand and stone every week from its Northfleet plant which processes marine aggregates and is located near the Thames estuary. The barges have a capacity of 750 tonnes and have to be unloaded within a 2 hour ‘window’ with the rising or falling tide of the Thames.

The discharged aggregates are used at the adjacent modern ready mixed concrete plant providing materials for local construction projects in the city.

“Sustainability is an integral part of our business. This supply chain using barges, as opposed to trucks on busy London roads, is one of many examples of how we are reducing the impact of our materials within the construction world” comments Andy Spencer, CEMEX UK Sustainability Director.

The 87 tonne crane was manufactured in Straubing, Bavaria with the final part of its delivery journey from Erith to Battersea on a 53 metre barge up the Thames. The timing of the loading at Erith and off-loading at Battersea required exact planning to catch the point of the tide changing course during the Spring High tides.


Notes to Editors:
For photographs or more information, please contact Elizabeth Young, Communications t. 01932 583214 e.

CEMEX is a global building materials solutions company and leading supplier of cement, ready-mixed concrete and aggregates. In the UK, CEMEX also produces asphalt, and has a significant share of the roof tile, rail sleepers, concrete-block paving, and concrete-block segments. CEMEX has a national supply network in the UK to ensure that quality building materials are available to customers locally. For more information, see or

The Sennebogen 870R-HD (to be completed by John Vincent, PR Sennebogen)

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