By Michelle Crean
Three Liebherr Ship to Shore container cranes (STS) - which are amongst some of the largest in the world - have left Killarney ahead of their American destination.
The STS are currently being assembled and shipped from Cork Dockyard in Cobh and set to arrive at the port of New York and New Jersey within the next two weeks.
At the time of writing, one of the cranes - with a span of 30.48m, a back reach of 22.9m, an outreach of 69.5m and a lift height over rail of 53.34 - has been successfully loaded on to the specialist heavy lift vessel, BigLift Baffin. Over the next few days, the remaining two cranes will be loaded in preparation for their upcoming voyage which will take place early next week. Sailing time to the USA is approximately 10 days.
The cranes, for Liebherr customer Maher Terminals LLC, were designed and built at Liebherr Container Cranes in Killarney. Once manufactured, the main crane components were transported to the Port of Fenit where they were shipped to Cobh for assembly.
"Liebherr secured the contract for these cranes in 2021 and since then our expert teams of engineers and designers have been working hard with our customers and partners to bring this project to fruition," Trevor O'Donoghue from Liebherr told the Killarney Advertiser.
"This is the third shipment of Liebherr STS container cranes to have shipped from Cobh. Previously we have shipped three STS cranes to Puerto Rico and a further two to the Port of Hull in the UK, but these are the largest STS to ship from Cobh. These advanced STS container cranes are amongst the largest in the world and will be handling the world’s largest container vessels with up to 24 container rows stacked across the deck."
One particularly interesting feature about this project is that the cranes will ship partially assembled, with the upper structure (boom, beam and A-frame) sitting on the lower structure for the voyage. This is to keep the overall height of the shipped cranes low enough to pass under Bayonne Bridge which connects NY and NJ.
When they arrive Stateside, they will anchor off Sandy Hook, where final preparations for passing under the bridge will be made. The vessel will wait for an exceptionally low tide, before passing under Bayonne Bridge in what is sure to be a spectacular sight.
Once the cranes pass under the bridge, they will arrive at Maher terminals where they will be rolled off the ship and assembled in their final configuration before entering service.
Kerry base confirmed for Rás Mumhan
By Sean Moriarty Preliminary details of the Rás Mumhan have been announced by Cycling Munster. The four-day international cycle race will, once again, be based at the Riverisland Hotel in […]
By Sean Moriarty
Preliminary details of the Rás Mumhan have been announced by Cycling Munster.
The four-day international cycle race will, once again, be based at the Riverisland Hotel in Castleisland and will run from Good Friday until Easter Monday.
The final route has not yet been revealed but it is expected to follow a similar path to the 2022 edition.
Last year, due to organisational difficulties, the Rás Mumhan committee asked local clubs to take charge of each day of the race.
Killarney Cycling Club hosted the Easter Saturday leg of the race, including managing the stage start in the town centre, the Category One mountain climb at Bealach Oisin Pass and the stage finish in Sneem.
“We are looking forward to seeing everyone at Easter and we wish all the riders the best of luck in their preparations for the event. Further details to follow as they are confirmed,” said Race Secretary Sinéad Moriarty.
Showcasing Killarney to an influential audience
Kerry’s hospitality professionals turned out in style for the Skal President’s Dinner on Saturday night. It’s the social highlight of the year for professional tourism and travel organisations and it […]
Kerry’s hospitality professionals turned out in style for the Skal President’s Dinner on Saturday night.
It’s the social highlight of the year for professional tourism and travel organisations and it was also a perfect opportunity to show the best of Killarney. Held in the Plaza Hotel, it was hosted by Kerry Skal President Michelle Rosney who used the occasion to highlight the best of Killarney’s performing arts talent, cuisine and locally produced drinks. There were special performances on the night by singers and dancers from St Brigid’s Presentation Secondary School and the West End House School of Arts who brought The Liberator, Daniel O’Connell, back to life for one night only to deliver a passionate dramatisation of a famous speech. Skal is the largest international hospitality networking organisation in the world with 13,000 members in 308 clubs in almost 90 countries. Fáilte Ireland Chairman Paul Carty said in his speech that the contribution Killarney has made to the Irish tourism industry should not be underestimated. He added that the tourism industry supports over 3,500 jobs in Killarney and over 7,000 in the rest of Kerry. He said the hard work put in by tourism professionals in Killarney over the years is paying off and when Fáilte Ireland surveyed hundreds of domestic and international tourists, at the height of the season last August, they couldn’t speak highly enough of their experience with 97 percent saying they were very satisfied. “The national figure is 90 percent so Killarney is actually seven percent higher than the national average and that’s truly exceptional,” he said. Over 55 percent of visitors to Killarney also spend time in other parts of Kerry and towns, like Dingle, Kenmare and Tralee, and really benefit from the spin-off.
The Fáilte Ireland chairman said his organisation is acutely aware what Killarney has faced in recent years and the challenges it currently faces and every support possible will be provided to help.
Mr Carty said Fáilte Ireland last year launched a destination experience and development plan for Killarney and that will see the town reach its full potential through sustainability and the development of year-round tourist attractions.
He said costs were also a big concern with energy bills, in particular, going through the roof and putting businesses under serious pressure.
Staffing was another serious problem for the industry as so much talent was lost during the pandemic.
“An awful lot of great people left our industry and they’re not coming back, so there is a great shortage,” he said, adding that Fáilte Ireland was working hard to overcome the difficulties being experienced.
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