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Work has started on the construction of a new 300 ton crane at Warrenpoint Port. It's part of a £3M investment announced in June and is expected to be in operation in September.

The crane provision will help facilitate further growth ahead of Brexit and beyond at Warrenpoint, Northern Ireland’s second largest port. In 2017, the Port handed a record 3.56 million tonnes of cargo valued at £6.2 billion.

Construction in progress on the 300 ton crane at Warrenpoint Port.
Construction in progress on the 300 ton crane at Warrenpoint Port.

The crane, which is supplied by Finnish manufacturer Konecranes, will significantly improve efficiency by reducing loading and unloading times with the ability to lift 100 tonnes up to 42 metres above sea level.

Clare Guinness, CEO, Warrenpoint Port commented “It is an exciting time for Warrenpoint Port as construction of our latest crane addition begins, enabling us to further improve our already high standards of service to customers.

“The purchase of the Model 3 Mobile Harbor Crane, which itself will weigh 300 tonnes, is an example of our commitment to invest in our operations, thereby boosting prosperity in the area for both local people and businesses.”

Earlier this year, Warrenpoint Port announced a major 25-year growth plan which anticipates core roll on, roll off, freight to rise by up to 80% by 2040, regardless of the outcomes of Brexit negotiations.

Clare continued “We are fully prepared for the forecasted growth in freight shipping, with two other cranes also undergoing refurbishment.”

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