Two Liebherr mobile harbour cranes, an LHM 280 and LHM 550, were installed at Port of Dover to strengthen a fleet of equipment that enables the multi- purpose terminal to handle and distribute all types of cargo arriving and departing from the world’s busiest shipping lane. The larger of the pair, the LHM 550, is able to lift 104 tonnes and with a maximum reach of 54 metres, while its smaller stablemate has an 84-tonne lift capacity and will reach out to 40 metres, meaning they can handle steel, breakbulk, containers, palletised fruit, and many other loads. The two cranes have the ability to work in wind speeds of up to a Force 9 severe gale (75-88 km/h), meaning vessels can be unloaded all year round, in nearly all weather conditions. Among the benefits of the cranes is their ability to run on HVO 100. HVO (Hydrotreated Vegetable Oils) is an alternative fuel, which can now be used in the majority of the Liebherr construction machines, cranes and mining equipment in pure form or in addition to fossil diesel.
Karen Hayes, General Manager at Port of Dover Cargo, commented on the delivery: “Since our new terminal in the Western Docks opened just over a year and a half ago, our business has flourished. We have continued to adapt to the latest technologies and techniques, enabling the team to process every range of cargo in the industry and expand our customer base even further.”