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#CorkHarbour - The first of three Liebherr cranes has been loaded onto the Albatross heavy lift vessel at the Port of Cork.

As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the three 85-metre-tall cranes — each weighing more than 1,000 tonnes — are bound for Puerto Rico after being assembled from kit form at Cobh by employees from the Liebherr plan in Kerry.

Liebherr Marine has posted photos captured by drone as the first crane was loaded onto the specially adapted Albatross in Cork Harbour yesterday (Wednesday 22 February):

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P&SReview – Over the last fortnight, Jehan Ashmore has reported from the shipping scene, where the Stade, a cargo vessel rode out bad weather before docking at Fenit to load cranes built by Liebherr in Killarney, which as previously reported has received an order from the New Zealand port of Lyttelton.

The Port of Cork Company have signed up with Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) in targets for improved energy efficiency set for 2020.

Drogheda Port handled over 1m tonnes of cargo, this level in throughput has not been surpassed since 2007. The Co. Louth port is to welcome a flotilla of tallships during the Drogheda Fringe Festival over the May Bank holiday.

For the first time, Paris will host this year's European (Shortsea '13) Conference on 14 March at La Defense.  Last year the IMDO hosted the event in Dublin's Mansion House.

Ports across Europe urged governments not to touch the envelope of €31.7billion foreseen for Europe's transport infrastructure investments under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF).

Belfast Harbour had a record 19.6m tonnes in 2012, up 11% on the previous year. The growth was primarily driven from the bulk and roll-on/roll-off (freight) sectors.

Irish Ferries fast-craft catamaran Jonathan Swift, returned fresh from dry-docking, she operates the Dublin-Holyhead route, where she clocks up an impressive 162,000kms each year.

A grounded ship that carries wings for the Airbus A380, Ciudad de Cadiz (2008/15,643grt) was re-floated yesterday, having broke moorings during a gale in late January off the Welsh port of Mostyn.

 

Published in Ports & Shipping

#ShippingCRANES- Since Friday, the Stade, a 7,850 tonnes multi-lift cargo vessel has been at anchorage off Fenit Harbour, Co. Kerry, awaiting to berth, so to load container components from the Liebherr plant in Fossa, Killarney, writes Jehan Ashmore.

Due to weather conditions, the 146m long vessel which had sailed from Zeebrugge, is not expected to moor alongside Fenit Pier until tomorrow morning, weather permitting.

As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the international crane manufacturer's Irish based plant, has an order from the New Zealand south island port of Lyttelton, for four straddle-container carriers, due for delivery in mid-2013.

The export of container cranes are the port's only major commercial customer. Last August  the port handled its largest ever vessel, the heavylift ship HHL Valparasio (2010/17,634grt) which departed with two ship-to-shore container cranes bound for the USA.

Published in Ports & Shipping