The Port of Cork has received two Liebherr post-Panamax ship-to-shore (STS) container gantry cranes at Cork Container Terminal (CCT), which is due to open later this year.
Construction on CCT began in June 2019 and will finish this year, with the €80m (US$87m) project initially offering a 360 m quay with 13 m depth alongside, plus a 13.5 ha terminal and associated buildings.
The STS crane assembly process has commenced on site and is due to be completed in the coming weeks.
While the port handled 240,000 teu last year, this is expected to increase by more than 37% to approximately 330,000 teu over the next decade, in part due to the new infrastructure.
Henry Kingston, port engineering manager at the Port of Cork, said: “Our first-hand experience of the top quality of Liebherr products and the first class after-sales service back were key factors influencing the decision to choose Liebherr for this project.”
The cranes were built less than 100 km from Cork in Killarney, County Kerry, and are being assembled by local crane erection specialists William O’Brien Group., under the supervision of expert Liebherr engineers.
David Griffin, managing director – sales, Liebherr Container Cranes, said: “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.
“The cranes will have an outreach of 45 m, a back reach of 15 m and a lift height over rail of 32 m, ensuring that they will have the lift and reach capacity to cater for the largest container vessels which will visit Cork in the coming decades.”
The funding for this development has come from Allied Irish Banks plc (AIB), the European Investment Bank (EIB), and the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISFI), European Connecting Europe Facility Funds as well as self-finance.