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New £3m Crane At Warrenpoint Port Scheduled to Begin Operations in September

5th September 2018
The new £3m crane after unloading at Warrenpoint Port last month. Work on assembling is to take several weeks before commissioning into service which is scheduled in September. The new £3m crane after unloading at Warrenpoint Port last month. Work on assembling is to take several weeks before commissioning into service which is scheduled in September. Credit: Warrenpoint Port -facebook

#Ports&Shipping- Work on the construction of a new £3m crane at Warrenpoint Port began last month following the investment as part of a bid to facilitate further growth ahead of Brexit and beyond at Northern Ireland’s second largest port.

The crane, which is supplied by Finnish manufacturer Konecranes, will significantly improve efficiency by reducing loading and unloading times with the ability to lift 100 tonnes up to 42 metres above sea level.

Clare Guinness, CEO, Warrenpoint Port commented: “It is an exciting time for Warrenpoint Port as construction of our latest crane addition begins, enabling us to further improve our already high standards of service to customers.

“The purchase of the Model 3 Mobile Harbour Crane, which itself will weigh 300 tonnes, is an example of our commitment to invest in our operations, thereby boosting prosperity in the area for both local people and businesses.”

Earlier this year, Warrenpoint Port announced a major 25-year growth plan which anticipates core roll on, roll off, freight to rise by up to 80% by 2040, regardless of the outcomes of Brexit negotiations.

Clare continued: “We are fully prepared for the forecasted growth in freight shipping, with two other cranes also undergoing refurbishment.”

The crane will take three weeks to assemble and a further two to commission before entering service in September.

When complete, it will help the Port, which deals with a variety of goods including steel and timber and offers a full range of shipping services further build on increasing levels of business. In 2017, the Port handed a record 3.56 million tonnes of cargo valued at £6.2 billion.

Jehan Ashmore

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Jehan Ashmore is a marine correspondent, researcher and photographer, specialising in Irish ports, shipping and the ferry sector serving the UK and directly to mainland Europe. Jehan also occasionally writes a column, 'Maritime' Dalkey for the (Dalkey Community Council Newsletter) in addition to contributing to UK marine periodicals. 

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About Warrenpoint Port

The Original Port of Warrenpoint was constructed in the late 1770s and acted as a lightering port for the much larger Port of Newry.

Following the demise of Newry Port Warrenpoint Harbour Authority was created as a Trust Port by legislation in 1971. The modern Port was completed in 1974 when it covered 28 acres. Since then the port has expanded to its current size of approximately 53 Acres. The Authority has just completed a £22 Million capital infrastructure project (under the terms of a Service of General Economic Interest with the Department for Regional Development) that includes, the construction of a 300 Metres of Deep Water Quay (7.5 Metres C.D), new Ro-Ro berthing facilities, additional lands and covered storage facilities and a new 100 Tonne mobile crane.

  • Warrenpoint Port is the second largest port in Northern Ireland and the fifth-biggest on the island of Ireland.
  • Warrenpoint Harbour Authority was created as a Trust Port by legislation in 1971.
  • In 2018, the value of goods moving through Warrenpoint Port was £6.5 billion. The Port handled 3.56 million tonnes in 2017, increasing to 3.6m in 2018.
  • The port employs 70 staff directly and supports over 1,500 in the local economy.
  • In addition to serving the markets in Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland, the Port deals with imports and exports from countries and regions across the world including to Spain, Italy, Sweden, Belgium, Germany, Ukraine and the Americas.

 

At A Glance – Warrenpoint Port

  • Warrenpoint, Newry BT34 3JR, United Kingdom Phone: +44 28 4177 3381

     

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