Port of Karmsund doubles lifting capacity with Liebherr

To meet the increased demand, Karmsund Havn IKS has signed a contract for a second Liebherr LHM 550, three years after ordering their first Liebherr mobile harbour crane. The second machine, with a maximum lifting capacity of up to 154 tonnes and a maximum outreach of 54 metres, will enable the Haugesund Cargo Terminal to offer tandem lifts of up to 308 tonnes for the growing offshore wind industry. 

“We have been very satisfied with our LHM 550, and with our collaboration with Liebherr. We have had far higher activity on the first crane than expected. Investing in a second LHM 550 after only 2 years of operation with the first one, says a lot about the development at the terminal, and also about the expectations for further growth,” reports Tore Gautesen, Karmsund Port Director. 

“We are deeply involved in the project market and have the best equipment fleet in Norway for heavy lifting. The investment in crane number two will also give us great opportunities to position the terminal when handling modules for offshore wind turbines, as the crane offers possibilities for tandem lifts with crane number one with a total capacity of 308 tonnes,” Tore Gautesen continues. 

The harbour crane will be operated on electricity, which corresponds with Karmsund Port Authority’s vision that the port should, as far as possible, be operated under the principles “Lean – Clean – Green”. The crane will be able to operate the entire dock area at Husøy, and is equipped for handling containers, bulk cargo and project loads. It will be shipped fully assembled by the heavy load carrier Meri from Rostock, Germany to Karmsund, Norway in March.