Mighty crane takes shape in Lyttelton

Last updated 05:00 19/06/2014
Lyttelton Port crane
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HIGH RISE: Jonathon Deaker, a project manager at The Project Office, looks over the assembly of a 70-metre-high container crane at Lyttelton.

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A 23-storey-high crane is being built piece by piece at the Lyttelton Port.

The Liebherr crane, made in Ireland, will take eight weeks to build and on completion will soar 70 metres above the port town.

Lyttelton Port of Christchurch (LPC) bought the crane as part of its $26 million investment in infrastructure, which also includes seven forklifts and eight new diesel-electric straddles.

The crane has an 80-tonne hauling ability and an outreach 17 containers wide. It is the fourth "ship to shore gantry crane" at the port.

LPC chief executive Peter Davie said once the crane was commissioned, the port would be in a stronger position to fully service a second container berth.

Assembly will be completed by Rich Rigging.

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