The Port of Cork has taken delivery of two Liebherr post-panamax size ship-to-shore (STS) container gantry cranes at the Cork Container Terminal (CCT) in the Republic of Ireland. The assembly process has commenced on site and is due to be completed in the following weeks.
In 2019 the Port of Cork handled total container traffic of 240,000 TEU. With the new Liebherr STS cranes, this is expected to increase by more than 37% to about 330,000 TEU over the next decade at Cork Container Terminal.
Construction on CCT started in June 2019 and will finish in 2020. The €80m project will initially offer a 360-metre-long quay with a 13-metre depth alongside. The development also includes the construction of a 13.5-hectare terminal and associated buildings.
The cranes were built less than 100 kilometres from Cork in Killarney, County Kerry. The contract was awarded to Liebherr in 2018 after a public tender process.
David Griffin Managing Director – Sales, Liebherr Container Cranes, commented on the occasion:
The cranes will have an outreach of 45m, a back reach of 15m and a lift height over rail of 32m, 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