300-ton crane for Warrenpoint Port
Date 13 August
The work on the construction of a new 300 ton crane at Warrenpoint Port has started. It’s part of a £3M investment announced in June and is expected to be in operation in September.
The crane provision will help facilitate further growth ahead of Brexit and beyond at Warrenpoint Northern Ireland’s second largest port.
The crane is supplied by Finnish manufacturer Konecranes and will significantly improve efficiency by reducing loading and unloading times with the ability to lift 100 tonnes up to 42 metres above sea level.
Clare Guinness, CEO, Warrenpoint Port commented: “It is an exciting time for Warrenpoint Port as construction of out latest crane additions begins. The purchase of the Model 3 Mobile Harbor Crane, which itself will weigh 300 tonnes, is an example of out commitment to invest in our operations.”
Earlier this year, Warrenpoint Port announced a mayor 25-year growth plan which anticipates core roll on, roll off, freight to rise by up to 80% by 2040, regardless of the outcomes in Brexit negotiations.
“We are fully prepared for the forecasted growth in freight shipping, with two other cranes also undergoing refurbishment,” says Clare.
Source, photograph: NEWRY
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The new cranes were transported by Heavy transport vessel BigLift Baffin from their location of assembly, Nantong, China