LIEBHERR Container cranes in Killarney has announced a new engineering scholarship programme, commencing in September, to provide an unique opportunity for Leaving Certificate students, in the Kerry area, to gain a third level qualification in an engineering course of their choice.
Options include electrical, mechanical, structural, automation or mechatronics.
Successful applicants will complete their CAO application as normal and, following an interview process at Liebherr, the chosen candidates will benefit from an all course fees paid programme for the selected college.
The additional benefit of being able to complete work experience during summer vacation and college placements throughout the course term will also be part of the learning experience. Upon completion, a graduate role in the company is assured.
As part of the launch, Liebherr will hold an open evening on Wednesday, March 15 and to register go to [email protected]
Meanwhile, three giant Liebherr cranes which had been dominating the skyline at Ringaskiddy in Cork in recent weeks have been successfully loaded and welded to a heavy lift vehicle and have embarked on a transatlantic voyage to Puerto Rico.
The 1,000-tonne ship-to-shore container handling cranes were safely lifted on to the 264m long Albatross which was originally an oil tanker but it has converted into a crane carrier.
The vessel had been moved to deep-water quay ready for the two-week voyage.
The three cranes have been assembled at Doyle Shipping Group’s Cork Dockyard facility over the past number of months under the supervision of expert Liebherr engineers.
They can lift two containers at once and have an outreach of almost 40m, a span of 30.48m and a back reach of 15m. Each crane measures over 100m from tip to tip and when the boom is raised, they stand 82m tall.
The transfer of the cranes to the Albatross was carried out by Mammoet, a specialist engineering firm with extensive expertise in moving similar loads worldwide.
Liebherr usually ships its cranes from Fenit in large pre-assembled components for assembly on site but, in this instance, the cranes had been fully assembled prior to shipping.
This is the first time fully erect container cranes have been shipped from Ireland but Liebherr, which employs several hundred people in Killarney, has previously undertaken similar tasks overseas where the assembly of the cranes was carried out on a site close to the final port of operation and transferred by barge.
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