Buyer sought for port crane

Port Taranaki's Diane Cadwallader with the crane that is for sale.
Port Taranaki's Diane Cadwallader with the crane that is for sale.

A 30-tonne crane that helped shape Taranaki's history is up for sale.

Tenders are being called to buy the Lima 2400 crane, which has spent almost 50 years servicing Port Taranaki.

Port Taranaki chief executive Roy Weaver said the Lima was bought by the Taranaki Harbour Board in 1964 to help build the main breakwater extension and then went on to be used in the construction of the lee breakwater the following year.

The track crane had played an instrumental role routinely maintaining both breakwaters since then, he said.

"It had a really successful life here at the port for over 40 years," Weaver said.

"But it's reached the end of its life now and needs to be released."

The tender was for the purchase, dismantling and removal of the Lima located at Breakwater Rd.

Port Taranaki had been inviting tenders for the crane for about 12 months, he said.

The port had three mobile cranes now which fulfilled most of its needs.

For more specialised jobs the port would sometimes call on the services of crane providers from New Plymouth and further afield.

The Lima crane had been out of action for the past year but in its day was a star performer, Weaver said.

"It would have been quite something in its day, that's for sure, because it's quite a good-sized crane."

The Lima was still in good working condition but would probably need some work on its track gear to run smoothly again, he said.

The cost of refurbishing it outweighed the work Port Taranaki had for it.

The Lima would be useful to a buyer who wanted to use it in a fixed position for heavy lifting, he said.

"It has the capacity of lifting significant weights."

A buyer may also be interested in acquiring it to sell on as scrap, he said.

How much Port Taranaki was seeking for the crane was commercially sensitive.

Taranaki Daily News