Original news was published on 24 November, 2018
The third Liebherr STS gantry cranes has been commissioned and put to work at Forth Ports’ Grangemouth container terminal.
Grangemouth’s STS crane complement has increased by 50% to three and so, backed by an efficient straddle carrier-backed operation, shipping line customers can expect a significant reduction in turnaround time.
Delivered part-big from Ireland and erected under the supervision of Liebherr engineers, the panamax crane has an SWL of 40 tonnes under spreader and 50 tonnes under lifting beam. As also previously reported, clear height under portal is 14.5m, enough clearance for 4-high straddle carriers should Forth Ports decide to go down this route.
The first ship to be worked by the three cranes was ANDROMEDA J, a 962 TEU feeder vessel bound for Rotterdam.
Forth Ports states more than £6B worth of goods passes through Grangemouth each year, including food and drink, chemicals, timber, paper and equipment, as well as project cargoes for the oil and gas industry.
Derek Knox, Grangemouth’s Port Manager, said: “We are Scotland’s largest container port and we handle some of the country’s most valuable exports including food and drink. It is vital that we deliver fast turnaround times for our export and import customers and with this new crane, we can now unload and load a ship with a trio of cranes."