New STS crane begins operations at the Port of Grangemouth

New STS crane begins operations at the Port of Grangemouth

A new 45 m high Liebherr ship-to-shore (STS) crane, which aims to offer a faster turnaround time for cargo, has begun operations at the Port of Grangemouth.

The crane was purchased as part of a £10m (US$12.8m) investment programme by port operator Forth Ports and it is the third STS crane to join the company’s fleet.

The trio of Liebherr cranes were able to work on the Andromeda J to unload and reload its container cargo before it sailed to Rotterdam.

Designed and built at Liebherr’s facility in Killarney, South West Ireland, the 524 tonne machine was delivered to the port in large sections in the summer after sailing on board a heavy load carrier vessel.

The crane is designed to allow taller straddle carriers to work underneath the crane legs which will give the port a chance to further increase its overall container storage capability in the future.

Over £6bn (US$7.7bn) worth of goods passes through Grangemouth each year including food and drink, chemicals, timber, paper and equipment for the oil and gas industry.

Derek Knox, Grangemouth’s port manager, said: “It is vital that we deliver fast turnaround times for our export and import customers with this new crane, we can now unload and load a ship with a trio of cranes.

“This is a huge benefit for our customers who need a reliable and efficient service at the ports and the addition of the new crane increases our capability and flexibility to adapt to changing shipping demands.”

Additionally, as part of an ongoing investment programme at Grangemouth, the port introduced three new ESC340 straddle carriers in 2017. It also added a new Hyster empty container carrier to the fleet.

The new straddles, empty container handler and the Liebherr crane are expected to increase the handling capacity for both conventional containers and reefers.

The port also introduced a new terminal operating system (TOS) and additional storage capacity this year.