Electric cranes for LNG ops

09 Mar 2017

The electric cranes will help modernise and improve port efficiency in Puerto Rico Photo: Aidan Fleming, Port of Cork

The electric cranes will help modernise and improve port efficiency in Puerto Rico Photo: Aidan Fleming, Port of Cork

Liebherr is delivering efficient electric cranes to Puerto Rico which will be used to load and discharge containerised cargo aboard Crowley’s two new LNG powered Con-Ro ships.

These three new, ship-to-shore container
cranes manufactured in Ireland by Liebherr and assembled in Cork Harbour, are
scheduled for delivery to Crowley Puerto Rico Services’ Isla Grande Terminal in
San Juan in late March.

John Hourihan Jr, senior vice president and
general manager, Puerto Rico Services, Crowley, said: “With these
state-of-the-art cranes now erected, we are taking another step toward the
transformation of our terminal into the most modern and efficient port facility
on the island of Puerto Rico. We eagerly await their arrival here.”

The cranes will be transported to San Juan
by the Overseas Heavy Transport (OHT) vessel Albatross, which transferred
from Cork Dockyard to the Port of Cork’s Deepwater berth in Ringaskiddy to take
on ballast before departure.

Each 900 tonne crane has a capacity of 65
tonnes and measure approximately 65 metres tall, with an outreach of 40 metres.

The Port of Cork has a long-standing
relationship with Liebherr Cranes.

Captain Michael McCarthy, commercial
manager, Port of Cork, said: “We have had an excellent relationship with Liebherr
since the early 1990’s when we commissioned two cranes for our facility in
Ringaskiddy.”

“Since then we have grown our relationship
with the company and all our port cranes are manufactured by Liebherr.”

By Anne-Marie Causer

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