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Megamax cranes ready to ship to America

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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.

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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.

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Camera Club ready to celebrate its 21st anniversary

Killarney Camera Club is ready for the new season and as well as celebrating their 21st birthday – they’re also looking for new members. Next Thursday night they will be […]

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Killarney Camera Club is ready for the new season and as well as celebrating their 21st birthday – they’re also looking for new members.

Next Thursday night they will be holding an Open Night at 7.30pm in the Plaza Suite at The Brehon Hotel.

The club meets every other Thursday at 7.30pm and is open to everyone with an interest in photography, including a junior membership category for 16 to 17-year-olds.

“Whether you’re a complete beginner, or you already know your way around a camera, everyone is welcome,” Deirdre Donohue from the club said.

The club activities include speaker nights, outings, project nights and competitions. At part of the club’s 21st celebrations they will be mounting an exhibition at Killarney House in late October.

“As well as a warm welcome, including tea and biscuits, the Open Night will feature a presentation, by professional photographer Micheál O’Sullivan, of his wonderful landscapes, so come along for a lovely evening of chat and photography!”

If you have any queries, you can contact the club secretary via email at secretary@killarneycameraclub.ie.

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Dancing classes set to unite communities

By Michelle Crean There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities. KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support […]

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By Michelle Crean

There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities.

KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support Centre, has teamed up with dance instructor John Moriarty to teach both Ukrainians and multiple cultures living in Kerry Irish set dancing steps from next week.

The first class will take place on Tuesday evenings, starting next week (September 27) at St Mary’s Parish Hall at 6.30pm and all are welcome to join.

The idea is to help Ukrainians living in Killarney and Kerry to come and have fun and get to know locals better, KASI coordinator, Marilyn Catapat-Counihan, explained to the Killarney Advertiser.

“We have a women’s group for all ages where we do crochet, sewing and art and crafts, where they can talk which is good. I had the music on and they were dancing. I asked if they would like to do dancing classes so I organised it with John Moriarty who is well known in Killarney.”

She added that the women are very excited to learn set dancing and get to know other people from the area.

“Sometimes when you meet new people the language can be a barrier and when you’re dancing everybody is moving. He will open it to everyone so there’ll be integration, it’s fun as well. They are all very excited.”

To find out more contact John on 086 1579381.

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