Scotland’s Port of Grangemouth has received a ship-to-shore (STS) crane from Liebherr, increasing the total number of its STS cranes by 50%.

The crane is the third Liebherr container crane received by the port. The addition of the new crane is part of the port’s key investment programme to increase its cargo-handling capacity and customer services.

Weighing 524t, the 45m-high crane was designed and built at Liebherr’s facility in Killarney in South West Ireland.

Capable of handling vessels with 14 containers stowed across the width of the deck, the crane is designed to allow taller straddle carriers to work underneath its legs to further increase the port’s overall container storage capability.

An expert build team from Liebherr will assemble the crane, unloaded onto the quayside at the Port of Grangemouth.

Scheduled to start operations by October, the crane is expected to advance vessel turnaround times, as well as increase capacity for growth and support current operations at the port.

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“The new crane adds to our fleet of Liebherr ship-to-shore cranes and will provide consistency for the operations and engineering team.”

Port of Grangemouth port manager Derek Knox said: “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.

“The new crane adds to our fleet of Liebherr ship-to-shore cranes and will provide consistency for the operations and engineering team.”

Under the ongoing investment programme, Port of Grangemouth added three new ESC340 straddle carriers last year, increasing the carrier fleet number to 16.

The port also installed a new Hyster solution to handle empty containers.

All these additions, including the ESC340 carrier, Hyster handler, and the new Liebherr crane, increase the port’s handling capacity for both conventional containers and reefers.

Port of Grangemouth already added a new terminal operating system and additional storage capacity, as well as scheduled to complete a 100,000ft² warehouse facility by December.