#crane292 - As Afloat previously reported Dublin Port Company has made a striking change downriver from the city centre as a new skyline emerges with the resurrection of one of its iconic 1960s cranes as pictured above.
The 115 feet tall Crane 292 has been lovingly restored to its former glory, with an illuminated cabin for powerful night-time impact, and now stands proudly adjacent to Port Centre.
The recent installation is part of the port's efforts of engaging the relationship between the port and the capital through a 'softening' of its boundaries.
Originally the crane had been based in nearby Alexandra Basin, where it loaded and discharged cargoes from numerous ships, but became redundant two decades ago.
Such operations involved 'break-bulk' cargoes which continue to be part of operations albeit to a much reduced scale given the dominance of the modern container. This operation of loading on and loading off (Lo-Lo) containers is used globally to transport goods across the oceans.