The port of Ayr has received a new high-performance crane that is designed to optimize ship unloading speeds for customers.

With the delivery of this machine, Associated British Ports (ABP), which operates the port, marks the completion of a seven-year £ 2.2m investment strategy to upgrade all front-end machines in the port.

Along with a number of other recently acquired port machinery, including two cranes purchased in 2013 and 2018, the Liebherr LH110 will help improve port operations and make it easier for ABP’s local engineering team to maintain.

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Stuart Cresswell, Port Manager for Troon, Ayr and Silloth, said: “I am very pleased with the arrival of this machine and the achievement of our goal of standardizing our fleet of front-mounted cranes.

“This strategy was developed in close partnership with all of our colleagues, including our crane drivers and the local engineering team.

“In terms of discharge cycle time, the Liebherr LH series has proven to be super fast and offers many advantages for long-term fleet maintenance, as our local engineers can now only call one number if there are problems. “

The Port of Ayr specializes in handling dry bulk materials, including salt, animal feed, heavy lift and forest products.

Together with customers, ABP’s Scottish ports of Ayr and Troon contribute more than £ 40 million to the UK economy each year, including £ 28 million locally.

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