Scotland's Port of Grangemouth has placed a new order with Swiss port crane manufacturer Liebherr for a new ship-to-shore container crane.

The order is a part a major investment programme at the port, and is expected to increase the site’s handling capacity and service for customers.

The crane will be designed to handle vessels with 14 containers stowed across the deck, and will be built at Liebherr’s Irish facility in Killarney.

It is scheduled to become operational next year and is expected to increase vessel turnaround times, as well as the port's capacity for growth and support existing operations.

The crane will also be able to handle taller straddle carriers to work underneath the crane legs.

"The new Liebherr ship to shore crane is supporting our growth plans through investments in infrastructure and equipment at the Port of Grangemouth."

Port of Grangemouth manager Derek Knox said: “The new Liebherr ship to shore crane is supporting our growth plans through investments in infrastructure and equipment at the Port of Grangemouth.

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“We handle some of Scotland’s most valuable exports, such as fine foods and drinks, so it is important that we deliver fast turnaround times to maintain the vessel schedules and ensure their reliability to service the Scottish export market.

“We have found a great partner in Liebherr who have an excellent reputation in crane technology and we enjoy a strong existing relationship with them.

"Our new crane will ensure that we have a single fleet of ship-to-shore cranes provided by Liebherr which provide consistency for the operations and engineering team. We are looking forward to receiving the crane next year.”

The Port of Grangemouth previously received three new ESC340 straddle carriers earlier this year as part of the ongoing investment programme, which increased the carrier fleet at the container terminal to 16.

The port has also added a new Hyster empty container handler this year.