This week is the beginning of the
end for Ports of Auckland’s oldest container crane. ‘D’ crane has been on the
port since 1991, but its days moving containers are over. It is now being taken
down piece by piece.
Since 2011, Ports of Auckland has
made huge efficiency gains at its Fergusson Container Terminal. As a result the
port has been able to close Bledisloe Container Terminal and its three cranes
are no longer needed. Bledisloe Terminal now handles roll-on, roll-off
(‘Ro-Ro’) vessels which carry new and used cars, heavy vehicles (trucks, buses,
trains, tractors, construction equipment etc.) and large project cargo which
can’t fit on container ships.
‘D’ crane is no longer
operational and will be scrapped. ‘E’ & ‘F’ cranes, which date from 1996,
are still operational and it is hoped a buyer can be found for them.
Tony Gibson, Ports of Auckland
CEO said “It will be sad to see the old cranes go. They are an iconic feature
of the working waterfront, often photographed by visitors and locals alike. But
times have changed. We no longer handle containers at that end of the port and
we need the room for other types of cargo. Removing these cranes helps us make
better use of our existing land.”
‘D’ crane was commissioned in
1991 and first operated on Fergusson Container Terminal. It was moved from
Fergusson (on the back of two trucks) and relocated to Bledisloe Terminal in
‘D’ crane was designed and
manufactured by Noell GmbH of Germany. The main structure was built in Abu
Dhabi, with walkways and ladders built by IST Engineering of Penrose. The boom
and apex of ‘E’ & ’F’ cranes were built in Auckland by Grayson Engineering.
All cranes were erected and commissioned by Ports of Auckland’s engineering
‘D’, ‘E’ & ‘F’ cranes are
67.85 metres high and weigh 787 tonnes.
Work on demolition has already
started and ‘D’ crane will be gone in about four weeks.
Images of ‘D’ Crane can be found here
A timelapse of the demolition is being produced and will be available after the
demolition is complete.
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