Warrenpoint Port in Northern Ireland has this month ordered a Konecranes Gottwald Model 3 mobile harbour crane as part of the port’s 25-year growth plan.
Scheduled to go into service in September 2018, the new crane is expected to contribute to a significant boost in the capacity and efficiency the port’s handling activities. The new MHC forms part of a major drive to facilitate continued growth in trade at Northern Ireland’s second largest port.
“The new crane will ensure we continue to deliver high standards of customer service, and help us attract new business to grow annual throughput to over 4 Mt,” said Clare Guinness, CEO of Warrenpoint Port.
“It will allow for increased capacity and efficiency through speedier loading and unloading of goods and reduced downtime. This is the first part of a new significant investment plan at the port, following the publishing of our Masterplan as we gear up for trade in the post-Brexit era.”
Neil Griffiths, regional sales and service director, Konecranes Port Solutions, explained: “Warrenpoint is the fourth biggest port on the island of Ireland, and serves both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Warrenpoint currently operates five Konecranes Gottwald mobile harbour cranes, and we are proud that they have again opted for our eco-efficient technology to support their long-term growth.
“The new crane will help Warrenpoint to further benefit from the port’s advantageous geographic situation close to the border with the Republic of Ireland.”
Warrenpoint, which last year handled a record 3.56 Mt of cargo, valued at approximately €7B (£6.2B), deals with a broad spectrum of goods including grain, timber, steel and cement, and offers a full range of services including container and freight.
The 25-year growth plan, which forecasts a continued growth in trade following Brexit, was unveiled earlier this year. Authorities at the port, anticipate a significant increase in trade over the coming decades with ro-ro freight expected to rise by up to 80% by 2040.
The new crane is a Konecranes Gottwald Model 3 MHC in the G HMK 3405 two-rope variant. It provides a maximum lifting capacity of 100t and an outreach of up to 46m.