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Record setting Liebherr cranes arrive in New Jersey




Three Liebherr Ship to Shore (STS) container cranes - weighing 6,000 tonnes and the largest single objects ever to be engineered in Ireland - have arrived at Maher Terminals in the Port of New York and New Jersey.

BRIDGE: The cranes on board a specialist vessel the 'Biglift Baffin' after passing under Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge last Saturday.

NeNEW YORK:The 'Biglift Baffin' ship carrying Liebherr cranes strikes a pose against the New York City skyline.




The Liebherr cranes, built in Fossa and assembled at Doyle Shipping Group's Cork dockyard near Cobh, were on board a specialist vessel, the 'Biglift Baffin' and arrived last Saturday (September 10) after passing under both the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge and the Bayonne Bridge.

The partly assembled cranes were then shipped from Cobh to the USA where they arrived at Sandy Hook anchor point on September 5.

The vessel dropped anchor while preparing for crossing under both the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge and the Bayonne Bridge.

In order to safely pass under the bridges, tidal conditions had to be optimum. The low tide at 3pm on September 10 gave sufficient clearance for the vessel and partly assembled cranes to pass.

Liebherr engineers boarded the vessel and the booms on the cranes were lowered. Vessel ballast tanks were filled to lower the vessel position in the water, further reducing the height of the cranes above sea level.

The vessel raised anchor on Saturday and made good progress, passing under the taller Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge, before making its way toward the Bayonne Bridge.

It approached the bridge at 3.12pm local time and under the expert supervision of the local harbour pilots, had cleared the bridge by 3.19pm.

It was a tight squeeze, with water levels slightly higher than forecast, but well within planned expectations, with the vessel and cranes safely navigating under the bridge with less than 60cm to spare.

The vessel then docked at Maher Terminals shortly after.

Unloading is taking place all this week and is expected to be completed this weekend.

The cranes will then be fully assembled and commissioned before entering service in the coming months.


"The supply of these cranes marks an important milestone in the history of Liebherr Container Cranes Ltd in Killarney," Gerry Bunyan, MD Sales with Liebherr, told the Killarney Advertiser.

"We commenced the shipping of fully assembled cranes from Cobh several years ago and the cranes recently delivered to New Jersey are the largest to date and the first cranes to be transported partially assembled.
The cranes and this project is testament to all the employees working at the facility in Killarney and serves to illustrate the Engineering capability prevailing at the plant," he said.

"These Ship to Shore cranes, when fully commissioned, will take their place alongside eight previously delivered cranes to Maher Terminals and we expect will make a significant contribution to the efficient handling of container traffic in the North American and global market."

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Shock at the death of “wonderful community activist”

There was a great sense of shock over the weekend when new of the death of Yvonne Quill, a Tidy Towns champion and wonderful community activist, became known. Yvonne, from […]




There was a great sense of shock over the weekend when new of the death of Yvonne Quill, a Tidy Towns champion and wonderful community activist, became known.

Yvonne, from Barleymount and formerly of the Cafe, College Street, passed away following a short illness on Friday. Requiem Mass takes place this morning (Monday) at 11am in The Prince of Peace Church, Fossa, followed by burial in Aghadoe Lawn Cemetery.

Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce President Niall Kelleher said she will be very fondly remembered as an incredibly dedicated woman, a strong personality who led by example and spearheaded the town’s Tidy Towns committee with such passion for over 25 years.

He recalled that her proudest day was when, as chairperson of the Killarney Looking Good Committee, she inspired Killarney to the prestigious overall national award in 2011 which had proved so elusive prior to that.

“Yvonne led by example and she never asked anyone to do something she wouldn’t do herself. You would seldom see her without the yellow bib, playing her part and showing us all what needed to be done to give Killarney the edge,” Mr Kelleher said.

“While winning the overall prize was something special, Killarney has never been far from the top and it has won a gold medal almost every year which is testament to Yvonne’s great ability to organise, her steely determination and her unrivalled ability to rally the troops,” he added.

The Chamber President also remembered her as a great businesswoman, a master baker and confectioner whose café on College Street was a must-visit for a whole generation of Killarney people and visitors.

“Yvonne Quill has left a great legacy in her home town. We thank her for what she has done, we’ll remember her incredible work ethic and we’ll ensure her name will live on in Killarney by continuing the commitment to the Tidy Towns initiative.”

Johnny McGuire, a member of the executive of Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce, who worked alongside Yvonne at the helm of the Tidy Towns committee, said she was a born leader who inspired the whole community and always led by example.

“Killarney would never have won the All-Ireland Tidy Towns award without her. She was the inspirational captain of the winning team. Yvonne worked night and day and, when it came to Tidy Towns, there was no downtime for her,” Mr McGuire said.

“Her commitment to the cause brought her into every school and every housing estate in Killarney. Working closely with the late Fr Michael Murphy, her great friend, Kathleen Foley, and others, they really put Killarney in contention for the top awards every year. The name Yvonne Quill was known and respected in Tidy Towns circles throughout the entire country – she really was a legend and everything she turned her hand to,
she succeeded. Killarney will miss her,” he added.

She will be deeply missed by her husband John, children Peter, Sandra and Sean, her son-in-law Peter, daughter-in-law Mairéad, grandchildren Anna, Jake, Ted, Abby and Luke, sister Angela Mulvey, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, and extended family, friends, neighbours and the community.

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Jim awarded for life-long service to the community

By Michelle Crean Listry local Jim O’Shea was honoured last week as members of the community council presented him with an award for his life-long service to the community. Jim […]




By Michelle Crean

Listry local Jim O’Shea was honoured last week as members of the community council presented him with an award for his life-long service to the community.

Jim received the O’Shea Award for 2022 at a meeting of Directors of Listry Community Council held on September 21.

Jim has been involved in Athletics from a very early age both as a competitor and administrator.

He was very much involved with Community Games in Milltown/Listry as organiser and coach. He was also involved with the Farranfore Maine Valley Athletic Club since its foundation.

Over the years Jim has competed in athletic events, mainly high jump and long jump, both in Ireland and abroad.

Recently he travelled to Derby in the UK in the British Masters Championship and won Gold in the 100 metres and Long Jump and finished second in the High Jump.

Jim, who is a very modest man, was actively involved with Listry Community Council as a volunteer driver for Meals on Wheels and for his commitment to keeping our community litter free by organising a number of litter picking days each year.

Always interested in fitness, Jim often came along to the Listry Seniors Social day and led the group in gentle exercises.

“Jim is a very worthy recipient of the O’Shea Award 2022 and we thank him for a lifetime of service to others,” Tony Darmody, Chairman, said.

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