New Leibherr crane boosts handling capability at Port of Grangemouth

New Leibherr crane boosts handling capability at Port of Grangemouth

A new 524-tonne ship-to-shore crane at the Port of Grangemouth has provided a welcome handling boost as the busy pre-Christmas export season gets underway at Scotland’s largest port.

The 45 metre-high crane, one of three Liebherr ship-to-shore container cranes, forms part of a £10 million investment programme to increase handling capacity at the port. 

More than £6 billion worth of goods passes through the port each year, including food and drink, chemicals, timber, paper and equipment for the oil and gas industry.

Derek Knox, Grangemouth’s Port Manager, said: “We handle some of the country’s most valuable exports… It is vital that we deliver fast turnaround times for our export and import customers and with this new crane, we can now unload and load a ship with a trio of cranes.

“This is a huge benefit for our customers who need a reliable and efficient service at ports and the addition of the new crane increases our capability and flexibility to adapt to changing shipping demands. The new crane is also future proofed to enable taller straddle carriers to work underneath the crane legs, allowing the port to further increase its overall container storage capability in the future.”

The crane arrived in large sections on board a heavy load carrier vessel during the summer after sailing from Liebherr’s manufacturing facility in Killarney, South West Ireland. Leibherr’s build team then constructed the crane on site at the port.

The port has introduced a raft of new handling equipment recently including three new ESC340 straddle carriers in 2017, increasing the fleet at the container terminal to 16, plus a new Hyster empty container handler. 

The new straddles, empty container handler and the new Liebherr crane will increase the handling capacity for both conventional containers and reefers. The port currently handles in excess 155,000 containers per annum.

A new terminal operating system and additional storage capacity have also been introduced in 2018.

A time-lapse footage of the crane construction is available here

A drone video of the crane in operation is available here