Dublin Port Company has made a change to the city’s skyline with the revival of one of its iconic 1960s cranes.
The 115 ft tall Crane 292 has been restored to its former glory, with an illuminated cabin for powerful night-time impact, and now stands adjacent to Port Centre once again.
Crane 292 served as a ‘workhorse’ loading and unloading bulk material from ships at Alexandra Quay from 1964 through to its retirement in 1997. It was constructed by the famed Stothert and Pitt company of Bath. Crane 292 derived its name from its position as the second crane at berth 29 in an era when cranes were synonymous with the city and port skyline – with up to 60 cranes at that time extending right down to Custom House quay, much closer to the city centre.
Eamonn O’Reilly, Chief Executive, Dublin Port Company, commented: “The crane’s installation is part of the softening of the port’s boundaries with the city and our drive to provide public amenity and realm at Port Centre for the first time in 35 years. The Port has always been integral to the City and this is a wonderful reminder of a time when the physical operations of the Port extended right into the heart of the city. This is a wonderful new city landmark and marks a significant commitment in our Masterplan for the future development of the Port.”
The restoration and installation of the crane was carried out by leading civil engineering firm Wills Bros on behalf of Dublin Port Company.
Project Manager for Dublin Port James Kelleher said: “The restoration and installation of the crane presented a number of significant engineering, architectural design and logistical challenges including the closure of roads and deployment of heavy machinery and the realisation of quality targets for paintwork and the rebuilding of the cab assembly to a very high specification. The months of planning paid off with a seamless install delivered in line with health and safety best practice”.
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