Greenock Port gets huge trade boost with new cranes

The first of two new £25 million ship-to-shore cranes have arrived at the Port of Greenock, providing a huge boost for freight trade and productivity.

The 932 tonne structure was transported to freight port following a one-day journey from Cork in Ireland, where it was built.

Work will shortly begin to instal the vital infrastructure at the port, and it will be fully operational later this year following stringent testing.

Port operator Peel Ports Clydeport said: “The cranes will help accommodate increased demand from cargo owners, and support growth in transatlantic trade, as well as future proof the port.

“The capabilities of the new cranes have already been key in securing new routes, include a new weekly deep sea container service connecting Scotland to the Mediterranean market of Turkey.”

Peel Ports Clydeport port director Jim McSporran said: “It’s a really special moment to welcome the first of our two new cranes to the Port of Greenock.

“These two structures will be transformational for the port, significantly expanding our freight capabilities here, and we’re all really excited for having them fully operational later this year.

“Once installed they will also boost efficiency and bring more opportunities for global connections and worldwide trade into Greenock, further strengthening our position as a major port for importers and exporters.”

The second of the huge structures is due to arrive in the coming weeks.