Hansa Heavy Lift move STS cranes from Ireland to UK

CORK: Hansa Heavy Lift (HHL) has transported two fully-assembled ship-to-shore (STS) container gantry cranes for Liebherr Container Cranes from the DSG Terminal, Port of Cork, Ireland and discharged them at the Port of Hull, UK.

The company said this was the first time Liebherr’s gantry cranes had been transported fully-assembled via a lift-on and lift-off method on a heavylift vessel. The cranes measured 81.4 metres by 30.3 metres by 57.3 metres.

“This was a complex project where in-depth engineering knowledge and operational expertise was an absolute requirement throughout all stages,” explained Emek Ersin Takmaz, HHL head of Projects, Engineering Department,

“Paying close attention to every detail, whilst working hand-in-hand with our customer from the beginning, as well as successful cooperation on site, helped us to eliminate any possible risks and allowed us to execute the project seamlessly as planned.”

Prior to the start of the voyage, engineering teams from both HHL and Liebherr worked together to design tailor-made seafastening and loadspreading structures, as well as special rigging arrangements for loading and discharge operations.

At the Cork DSG Terminal the cranes were moved alongside the HHL Lagos vessel using self-propelled modular transporters. Once lifted onboard, the first was pulled to the forward end of the hatch covers followed by the second crane being lifted directly into its stowage position in the cargo hold.

Denis Doolan, Transport and Shipping Manager of Liebherr Container Cranes added “This project was quite a challenging one from a logistics point of view and one which took months in the planning. The success of this shipment was mainly attributed to the professionalism, teamwork and planning of the engineers of both Liebherr container cranes and HHL.”