A giant crane ship will return to Cork Harbour next week to load five gantry cranes destined for Canada

A giant crane ship will return to Cork Harbour next week to load five gantry cranes destined for Canada
The Offshore Heavy Transport vessel 'Albatross' at Cobh Dockyard in 2017 loading three Liebherr port cranes for export to Puerto Rico. Picture: David Keane.

Another major crane-loading operation will take place in Cork Harbour next week.

The heavy-lift ship the Happy Buccaneer will arrive to load five gantry cranes destined for Montreal.

The heavy-lift ship the Happy Buccaneer will arrive into Cork Harbour next week to load five gantry cranes destined for Montreal.
The heavy-lift ship the Happy Buccaneer will arrive into Cork Harbour next week to load five gantry cranes destined for Montreal.

The operation will be similar to the loading operation in 2017 that saw three port cranes loaded onboard the heavy transport vessel Albatross and exported to Puerto Rico.

The cranes have been manufactured by Liebherr in Killarney and will be transported to the Doyle Shipping Group's (DSG) facility in Rushbrooke where the loading operation will take place.

However, while there are more cranes being exported this time they will be shipped in smaller parts and assembled at their final destination on-site at Montreal.

Liebherr have a second project underway on-site in Rushbrooke assembling three Liebherr Rubber Tyred Gantry cranes for Teesport in the UK. 

These will be shipped fully assembled in Autumn 2019 and will be operational soon after arrival in Teesport.

The Albatross drew huge crowds in 2017 watching the load operation and the ship's departures from Cork Harbour. Picture by Dan Linehan
The Albatross drew huge crowds in 2017 watching the load operation and the ship's departures from Cork Harbour. Picture by Dan Linehan

Busy ports worldwide have limited time and space to set aside for assembly of large port cranes. This has led to a growing market for delivery of these cranes fully assembled. 

Liebherr have been using DSG’s facility in Cork Harbour to pre-assemble cranes since late 2016 and have previously shipped STS (ship to shore) container cranes to Puerto Rico and Hull and RTG cranes to Murmansk.

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