Major crane lift operations underway in Cork Harbour

Major crane lift operations underway in Cork Harbour
Liebherr ship-to-shore cranes are being loaded onto the Heavy Lift Vessel HHL Lagos at Cork Dockyard. Pic; Larry Cummins

Operations are underway in Cork Harbour this weekend to lift two large container cranes onto a specialised transport vessel destined for the port of Hull in the UK.

The two ship-to-shore cranes were manufactured by German company Liebherr, the latest in a series of cranes built in the former Verolme Dockyard in Rushbrooke.

The HHL Lagos in position at Verolme Dockyard prior to the loading onto it of two ship to shore container cranes for transport to Hull. Picture: Denis Minihane.
The HHL Lagos in position at Verolme Dockyard prior to the loading onto it of two ship to shore container cranes for transport to Hull. Picture: Denis Minihane.

The cranes were commissioned by the Associated British Ports (ABP) for an expansion of the port in Hull.

Last year two major operations occurred at the harbour to move large cranes onto vessels for export.

In March, three ship-to-shore cranes were loaded onto the Albatross heavy-lift vessel destined for Puerto Rico.

In September, another heavy lift vessel arrived to take on board two 30-metre-high gantry cranes destined for Murmansk in Russia.

The Liebherr ship-to-shore cranes were commissioned by the Associated British Ports (ABP) and feature the company's tagline 'Keeping Britain Trading'. Pic: Larry Cummins
The Liebherr ship-to-shore cranes were commissioned by the Associated British Ports (ABP) and feature the company's tagline 'Keeping Britain Trading'. Pic: Larry Cummins

This weekend, the heavy lift vessel Lagos is alongside the Dockyard to transport the two new cranes bound for the east coast of the UK once they are secured.

The Lagos will lift the two cranes onto the ship directly. This is a new approach, ship cranes lifting huge container cranes and hasn't been done in Cork Harbour before. 

On previous occasions, rails were built to run the cranes onto the vessel.

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