Scotland’s largest container facility, the Port of Grangemouth, has ordered a new multimillion pound ship-to-shore container crane from Liebherr as part of a major investment programme designed to increase handling capacity and customer service.
The new crane, which will be ready for autumn 2018, will be able to handle vessels with 14 containers stowed across the deck and allow taller straddle carriers to work underneath its legs.
Swiss-based equipment manufacturer Liebherr, who makes a number of products including earth-moving, mining and port equipment, will build the crane in its facility in Killarney in south-west Ireland before it is shipped to Grangemouth for onsite construction.
Derek Knox, port manager for the Port of Grangemouth, said: “Our new crane will ensure that we have a single fleet of ship-to-shore cranes provided by Liebherr which provide consistency for the operations and engineering team.”
Gerry Bunyan, Sales and Marketing Manager for Liebherr Container Cranes, said: “We have an excellent working relationship with the Port of Grangemouth as in the past we have supplied two ship-to-shore cranes to the port, the last being in 2007.
“This latest purchase of this new larger ship to shore crane will future-proof the handling capabilities at the port and provide the additional handling capacity to service customers.”
Source: Port Srategy, 21 June 2017