Massive new ship-to-shore cranes being installed in Port of Cork

Massive new ship-to-shore cranes being installed in Port of Cork
Cranes at Cork Container Terminal. Photo: Port of Cork.

The Port of Cork has commenced the assembly of two ship-to-shore cranes for the Cork Container Terminal (CCT).

Two Liebherr post-panamax size STS container gantry cranes have been delivered.

The cranes will have an outreach of 45m, a back reach of 15m and a lift height over rail of 32m, which means they will be able to cater for large container vessels that come to Cork.

The cranes are in the process of being assembled, and are due to be completed in the coming weeks.

They were built in Killarney, and are being assembled by local crane erection specialists William O’Brien Group, under the supervision of Liebherr engineers.

Henry Kingston, Port Engineering Manager of the Port of Cork, said: “Liebherr Container Cranes in Killarney have been working with the Port of Cork for more than 50 years, and their port cranes, ship-to-shore container cranes, and rubber tyre gantry cranes have been integral to making us the most seamless trade gateway in Ireland.

“Our first-hand experience of the top quality of Liebherr products and the first class after sales service back-u were key factors in influencing the decision to choose Liebherr for this project,” he added.

Cranes at Cork Container Terminal. Photo: Port of Cork.
Cranes at Cork Container Terminal. Photo: Port of Cork.

David Griffin Managing Director – Sales, Liebherr Container Cranes, said: “Port of Cork has a well-established reputation for fast ship turnarounds and facilitating efficient supply chains, so Liebherr was very satisfied to be the preferred choice to meet the Port’s high standards.

“These new cranes are fitted with the latest energy saving Liebherr Liduro drives, power management systems and safety features available in today’s STS crane markets. Liebherr Container Cranes are industry leaders in terms of their high reliability, low downtimes and low maintenance and running costs, and will serve Cork Container Terminal well into the future,” he said.

Construction on the Cork Container Terminal initially began in June 2019 and is expected to finish this year. The project, which is estimated to cost in the region of €80m, will initially offer a 360-metre-long quay with a 13-metre depth alongside.

The development also includes the construction of a 13.5-hectare terminal.

The Port of Cork is the second largest port in the Republic of Ireland in terms of turnover. Total container traffic in the Port of Cork is expected to increase from 240,000 TEU (or twenty-foot equivalent unit) in 2019, by 37% to 330,000 TEU over the next decade at the CCT, in part thanks to these new cranes.

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