Port of Greenock welcomes second STS crane ‘Craner Swift’

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Port of Greenock takes delivery of second STS crane from Liebherr as it readies to support growth in transatlantic trade.

The second of two new £25m ship-to-shore cranes arrived at the Port of Greenock on Monday, in what is a major boost to productivity for the port.

The crane was delivered from Liebherr’s facility in Cork Ireland, and it will be named ‘Craner Swift’, following a naming competition with local schoolkids.

Port operator Peel Ports Clydeport ordered the two cranes in 2022. The first unit from the series, set to be named ‘U-Crane Bolt’ after the Jamaican Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt, was delivered to the port at the beginning of June.

The 72m tall, 932-tonne ship-to-shore cranes have a lift height of 39.3m capacity of 45t, an outreach of 45.6m, and a 16.76m rail span.

“The cranes will help accommodate increased demand from cargo owners and support growth in transatlantic trade, as well as future proofing the port. The cranes’ capabilities have already been key in securing new routes, include a new weekly deep sea container service connecting Scotland to the Mediterranean market of Turkey,”  Peel Ports said.

The £25m purchase of the two cranes is the largest single investment made at the container terminal, less than a year after a new £20 million cruise ship visitor centre opened at the neighbouring Greenock Ocean Terminal.

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