'Ready to go' cranes combat weather challenges

Khorfakkan port's new cranes arrive, fully erect, by barge.

Two post-Panamax cranes were delivered by Liebherr to the United Arab Emirates in a 'ready to go' state recently - despite high seas which meant the delivery barge had to take shelter until the bad weather passed.

Khorfakkan Port (KCT) saw the pair come in fully erect mode: the cranes were assembled at Sharjah Port and transferred by seagoing barge to port.

The journey - taking approximately four days - saw "some challenging weather conditions", as Liebherr's Gerry Bunyan says, including "90 km/hr winds and high seas".

However, the cranes arrived safely, which meant that they were in action almost immediately after delivery, starting operations on the 9,700 teu CMA CGM Orfeo.

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