U-Crane Bolt, Craner Swift newest port workers

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- 13 Jun 2024 ( #1183 ) - Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
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The first of the 932 T cranes arrived this month
The first of the 932 T cranes arrived this month

U-Crane Bolt and Craner Swift will be put to work at the Port of Greenock in Scotland.

The two new GBP25 million ship-to-shore cranes received their unusual names after Peel Ports Clydeport held a naming competition, won by two local primary school students.

Avaleigh Lang, 10, of Lady Alice Primary in Greenock, chose Craner Swift as a nod to the US pop icon, while Frances McFadden, 10, of the town’s St Mary’s Primary School opted for U-Crane Bolt as a tribute to Usain Bolt.

The first of the 932 T cranes is expected to be fully operational later this year.

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.

Jim McSporran, port director at Peel Ports Clydeport, says: “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.”

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