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Published: 2020-02-13

Cork gears for turnover increase

Ports & terminals Cork gears for turnover increase

Photo: Port of Cork

The assembly process of the two post-panamax size ship-to-shore (STS) container gantry cranes is currently underway at the Cork Container Terminal (CCT), located in the Republic of Ireland. Works should be completed in the next few weeks.

In 2019, Port of Cork, the second largest port in the country, handled a total of 240k TEUs. The new cranes are expected to help the container terminal increase these number by 37%, up to 330k TEUs, over the next decade.

Henry Kingston, Port Engineering Manager of the Port of Cork, said, "Liebherr Container Cranes in Killarney have been working with the Port of Cork for more than 50 years […]. In 2012, the Port of Cork and Liebherr collaborated in pioneering the very first fully electrically powered E-RTG crane in Ireland which has proven to be super reliable, as well as environmentally best in class."

David Griffin Managing Director – Sales, Liebherr Container Cranes, provided some specific technical details, "[…] 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 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 […]."

CCT, currently under development, is hoped to become a major enabler of growth for Cork city and Munster, as well as boosting the national economy. Funding comes from Allied Irish Banks plc (AIB), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISFI), European Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) funds, as well as self-finance.

Construction on CCT began in June 2019 and will finish in 2020. The €80m project will initially offer a 360 m long quay with a 13 m depth alongside. The development also includes the construction of a 13.5 hectare terminal and associated buildings.

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