Crowley’s Puerto Rico Terminal to Get Three New Gantry Cranes
Three new, ship-to-shore container cranes have been constructed in Ireland and are scheduled for delivery to Crowley Puerto Rico Services’ Isla Grande Terminal in San Juan later this month. The electric-powered cranes will be used to load and discharge containerized cargo being carried aboard Crowley’s two new liquefied natural gas (LNG)-powered, Commitment Class ConRo ships, one of which is expected to be in service in the second half of 2017 and the other in the first half of 2018.
The cranes will each have a capacity of 65 long tons and measure approximately 65 meters tall, with an outreach of 40 meters. They will bring the best-possible container-handling technology – including operator-assist modes, laser profiling that targets containers for precision handling, memory settings and truck positioning system – to the Puerto Rico trade, all features that improve safety and maximize container loading and discharge efficiency.
The new cranes were built by Liebherr Container Cranes, part of the Liebherr Group, in Ireland.
“We are proud to work with Crowley to provide these modern container cranes for their Puerto Rico terminal,” said Gerry Bunyan, sales and marketing manager with Liebherr Container Cranes. “This is our first order to the island of Puerto Rico and we are happy to play a part in helping to improve the shipping services to the people on the island. The cranes were designed and manufactured in our Irish facility, where we have been making container cranes since the 1960s, and incorporate the latest technology including semi-automatic mode, which maximizes the efficiency of container handling. The cranes will provide a high level of productivity and efficiency to the Isla Grande terminal.”