Kobelco Crawler Cranes in Castletownbere
Kobelco BM700 and CKE1100G crawler cranes are work together to complete the Dinish Wharf expansion project in Castletownbere, County Cork, Ireland.
Civil engineering and building contractor Keating Construction is using a Kobelco BM700 from Ideal Form Crane Hire, based in Dungiven over the border in Ulster
The €23 million (£19.95 million) expansion, which includes a new 216m-long quay structure, comprised of 15m-long 1016 tubular piles, a sheet piled anchor wall and precast elements that will form the new quay’s face, dredging 55,000m3 of materials, two new breakwater structures and a reclamation area for quay storage, will double workable quay space, enabling significant expansion in fish landings, on-shore processing and general marine activity at the port, including facilitating landings by vessels up to 100m long.
The 65-tonne capacity BM700, which has over 20,000 hours on the clock, is working alongside Keating Construction’s own 100-tonne capacity CKE1100G to install 44, 900 mm diameter piles, weighing between 10 and 12 tonnes, at Castletownbere for Ireland’s Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.
The CKE1100 has been fitted with a 42.7m jib and 34.6 tonnes of counterweight for the project. Duties at the site include lifting precast concrete elements, which can weigh up to 15.5 tonnes, off-loading/loading of 20m-long, tubular and sheet piles weighing up to 11.5 tonnes, driving of tubular piles using a 14.5 tonne BSP CX85 piling hammer.