Port of Felixstowe (PFL) is the largest container port in the UK and one of the leading ports in Europe. PFL is a member of the Hutchison Port Holdings Group, the world's leading port investor, developer and operator with interests in 17 countries throughout Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe and the Americas, operating a total of 35 ports and many other transportation related service companies.
The strategic location of the Port of Felixstowe enables fast and efficient service of ships calling at North West European ports. Over 100 shipping lines use the Port of Felixstowe, for import and export of cargo via rail and road links.
PFL needed to ensure that all data regarding the movement of containers throughout its port and 100,000m2 of warehousing was instantly and readily available. They have developed their own wireless LAN operational and warehousing data communications system and have chosen Cobham Antenna Systems to supply all their antennas.
Cobham worked with Port of Felixstowe to meet the RF connectivity challenge caused by the dynamic status of the environment. Specifically, links must be maintained where vehicles operate within two stacked rows of containers, for efficient dock-side links from access buildings and on their large, slow moving cranes.
As the Port of Felixstowe WLAN system progresses, Cobham covered all terminal buildings including the longest continuous quay in the UK, 24 terminal tractor units, 150 trailers, 13 cranes, 45 reach stackers, quarantine areas and MAFF cold storage inspection hangars.
Cobham has provided high gain sector and omni antennas. There are two sector antennas, reference SA14-2460R-NF/798 and SA13-120-2450R/1031 that features 120 degrees azimuth radiation pattern. Mounted on the cranes is omni antenna reference RCO3-2450-502/092 with circular polarisation and low gain, measuring 163x75mm diameter.
These antennas have met the specification requirements of the Port of Felixstowe in terms of gain, coverage and frequency, combined with discreet appearance, robust construction, ease of installation and long-term reliability.