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Massive Cranes Will Be Loaded on a Ship in Cork Harbour Bound For Puerto Rico

18th February 2017
Three cranes, each weighing more than 1,000 tonnes and 85 metres high will be loaded on to a massive ship next week Three cranes, each weighing more than 1,000 tonnes and 85 metres high will be loaded on to a massive ship next week Photo: Bob Bateman

Three cranes, each weighing more than 1,000 tonnes and 85 metres high will be loaded on to a massive ship next week in Cork Harbour bound for Puerto Rico. It will be an amazing feat of engineering and an equally spectacular sight at the Port of Cork to see the massive cargo depart Roches Point.

The cranes have been asembled from kit form having first been shipped by sea from Fenit in County Kerry to the Doyle Shipping Group Terminal at Rushbrooke in Cork Harbour.

60 employees from the Liebherr crane plant in Kerry have been constructing the massive cranes prior to their transatlantic voyage.

The specially adapted ship, The Albatross from Holland, arrived yesterday into the Port of Cork awaiting its giant cargo alongside at Cork Dockyard, as the photo below shows. Known as a 'heavy lift' vessel, the Albatross is 264.45 metres long and 42.54 metres wide, the ship has a maximum speed of 9.5 knots.

HEAVY LIFT ALBATROSS AT CORK DOCKYARDThe heavy-lift ship, Albatross, is making maritime history in Cork Harbour this weekend having arrived at Cork Dockyard to transport three huge, fully-completed dock cranes to Puerto Rico Photo: Tom MacSweeney

Tom MacSweeney in Cork Harbour adds:  It is the first time that the Liebherr crane manufacturing company based at Killarney has exported fully-assembled cranes from Ireland for which they used the Cork Dockyard facility at Rushbrooke near Cobh to assemble them over the past few months.

The ship can automatically lie level alongside the dockyard quayside at all stages of the tide during the loading operation which is expected to take 4 to 5 days. Tracks will be laid to move the cranes onto the vessel.The Albatross will then move across Monkstown Bay to Ringaskiddy deepwater port where the cranes will be bolted to the ship and she will ballast for the voyage to Puerto Rico.

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4 comments

  • Comment Link Caroline Coughlan 2nd March 2017 posted by Caroline Coughlan

    What date will they be departing from Ringaskiddy

  • Comment Link Mary Horgan 27th February 2017 posted by Mary Horgan

    When will ship with cranes set sail for Puerto Rico?

  • Comment Link Sean Mullins 24th February 2017 posted by Sean Mullins

    Where is the best place from which to view the cranes? Will it be possible to view them week starting 27th Feb

  • Comment Link Daryl Pungitote 19th February 2017 posted by Daryl Pungitote

    Why couldnt they be shipped in knockdown and assembled onsite?

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