BigLift Baffin heads for New Jersey with megamax STS container cranes

Last week, the BigLift Baffin left the Doyle Shipping Group (DSG) Cork Dockyard in Cork Harbour, loaded with three immense Liebherr Group cranes, the biggest ever single objects engineered in Ireland. The ship and 6.000-tonne cranes are now close to their destination in New Jersey.

The BigLift Baffin Vessel is a Heavy load carrier sailing under the Dutch flag. With a length of 173 metres and a width of 42 metres, it has a gross tonnage of 23.134 tonnes. Additionally, it has a depth of 12 metres and a draught of 6.5 metres. The ship, one of only two in its class, has a capacity of up to about 16.000 tonnes. The cargo deck has an area of 5.250 square metres, and its strength is of 20 tonnes per square metre.

The ship is currently near the East Coast of the United States. Indeed, the cargo is destined for Maher Terminals, located in the city of Elizabeth, New Jersey. The three Liebherr ship to shore (STS) megamax container cranes will be deployed by Maher Terminal, as part of its bid to become a net zero emissions facility by 2040.

The megamax-sized STS container cranes are the largest model available. With a height of 150 meters, an outreach of above 53 metres and a lift height of over 40 metres, the cranes each have a safe lifting load of 40-50 tonnes in single operations, 65 tonnes in twin operations, and 100 tonnes in tandem.

In addition to their impressive capacity, these cranes are designed to be lighter, relatively, which reduces power consumption. Also, the cranes generate electricity during the lowering process, which they then return to the grid.

The cranes were manufactured at Liebherr’s Killarney plant in the Southwest of Ireland. This collaboration between DSG, Liebherr, and The Port of Cork Company highlights the potential for further large-scale manufacturing and operations in Cork harbour.

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Author: Emma Dailey

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