West Africa Container Terminal (WACT), located in Onne Port, has invested in two new Liebherr LHM 550 Mobile Harbor Cranes (MHCs) in response to continued volume growth in the Eastern Nigerian market. The new harbor cranes are due for deployment in July this year and will further boost the efficiency and cargo handling operation of the terminal, improving service delivery and reducing vessel waiting time.
This is in addition to an investment of approximately USD2.5 million in 10 purpose-built terminal trucks, three reach stackers and an empty container handler, as well as terminal infrastructure and manpower development.
“This latest investment in mobile harbour cranes will help us achieve our objectives and reach our goals. Growth in volume over the last two years have highlighted various infrastructure challenges and we are working with key stakeholders to address them. This is expected to bring a lot more opportunities to us and our customers and grow our businesses,” said Aamir Mirza, Managing Director.
An overall terminal infrastructure upgrade project is expected to commence in 2020. WACT is proactively engaging the Nigeria Port Authority, Oil & Gas Free Zone and other government entities to ensure Onne Port is ready for the future growth opportunities.
On Wednesday, May 8, 2019, the 2,000th Konecranes Gottwald Mobile Harbor Crane was inaugurated in a formal ceremony at the Ership terminal in the Mediterranean port of Cartagena in southeastern Spain.
This crane is the new eco-efficient Konecranes Gottwald Model 6 mobile harbor crane, in the G HMK 6407 B four-rope variant and will be used mainly for continuous-duty bulk handling, and also for general and project cargo up to 100 tons.
Gonzalo Alvargonzàlez, CEO of Ership said: “These are very reliable cranes. They are very high-performance and extremely solid. That helps us to serve our customers, who expect their cargo to be unloaded quickly. Time is very important factor in our work. So, the faster a ship is unloaded, being careful with the cargo, the better.”
“Our mobile harbor cranes offer added value for customers and the port industry,” says Heribert Barlage, Senior Vice President for Konecranes Mobile Harbor Cranes. “The 2,000th crane is a sign of our commitment to both. But just like every other important milestone we reach, this one is also an incentive for us to constantly develop our cranes and in so doing, make them fit for the future.”
In Maputo, capital of Mozambique, the Maputo Port Development Company (MPDC) invested in two new Liebherr mobile harbour cranes type LHM 550 in addition to the existing two LHM 550s bought in 2015.
The remarkable growth of the Port of Maputo and its activities in recent years and the increasing demand from its customers have been the key drivers in the choice. Thanks to its high capacity and fast movements, the LHM 550 will be used for bulk material handling like ferrochrome, which is one of the main products being handled at Maputo Ports.
The investment in equipment also includes the training of several operators and technicians for the handling and maintenance of the new machines.
“In addition to the two mobile harbour cranes, we have recently acquired 14 payloads, 8 tractors, 8 forklifts and 2 rail excavators (for wagon unloading operations). This investment is in line with the need to improve the berth usage and the rehabilitation and deepening works that are place at the moment,” said Chief Operations Officer, Marla Calado.
Port Nelson in New Zealand will soon receive its very first Liebherr training simulator for Oceania, allowing the training on more aspects of real port operations, with both a generic ship crane simulator and the LiSIM version of the LHM 550 mobile harbour crane.
The ship crane simulation-software features the CBG series, a floating four-rope grab crane with a boom length of 28 m and a maximum lifting capacity of up to 45 t. Equipped with Liebherr’s original LiTRONIC crane controls, the LHM 550 mobile harbour crane simulator has training programme for operations such as bulk, breakbulk and container handling.
With the delivery previewed for April, LiSIM is the only realistic virtual solution available on the market for learning the control of Liebherr maritime cranes.
“The simulator allows benchmarking of current driver skills and monitoring of drivers using periodic checks, plus can be used to assess new drivers for suitability without the costs associated with running a real crane, such as fuel and wear-and-tear. It will make for safer and more efficient handling in a variety of weather conditions,” said Jonny Cook, the Port’s Container Operations Manager.
Euroports Germany has recently taken a delivery of the first out of two Liebherr LHM 550 in order to increase the turnover at the multipurpose terminal in the Port of Rostock, Germany. Both cranes come in a two-rope configuration with a maximum lifting capacity of up to 144 tonnes and a maximum outreach of 54 metres. The difficult conditions at the Euroports pier were a challenge in the configuration process. Liebherr has found a custom-made solution with specially adapted double supporting pads in order to comply with the prescribed ground pressures.
Ordered in 2018, one of the two cranes was shipped fully assembled in mid-December from the Liebherr plant to the 500 metres distant pier of Euroports. The machines will be used for different applications like project cargo, bulk and containers.
Terminal operator Yilport Holding, a subsidiary of Yildrim Group, has recently obtained two Liebherr LHM 600 mobile harbour cranes for its recently acquired terminal Puerto Quetzal, located 102 km from Guatemala City.
The machines are equipped with a tower extension of 12 m, which ensures a maximum cabin height of more than 37 m. As stated by the manufacturer, the higher position of the operator cabin ensures high visibility into deep cargo holds and enables highly efficient container handling with maximum safety.
With a maximum outreach of 58 m, twin lift capability and a lifting capacity of 104 t, the LHM 600 is capable of servicing vessels up to 19 container rows wide and nine container stacks high.
Both cranes were shipped fully erected, that allows them to be ready for operation shortly after driving off the vessel onto the quay, from Germany to Guatemala by the Ro-Ro vessel “Rolldock Storm”
According to Liebherr, Yilport Holding has an option for two more machines in 2019.
Lorenzini & C.S.r.l. (Lorenzini) has placed an order for a Konecranes Gottwald Model 8 crane in the third quarter of 2018. The Mediterranean region’s largest mobile harbor crane will be delivered fully-erected and then commissioned on-site. Starting in January 2019, the diesel-exectric mobile harbor crane will be handling containers in Livorno, Italy. “The flexible crane meets the challenges presented by the new vessel sizes and types used by our partner Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC). Having the largest mobile harbor crane in the Mediterranean region is symbolic of how we are keeping one step ahead,” said Enio Lorenzini, President of Lorenzini & C.S.r.l.
Giuseppe Di Lisa, Sales and Marketing Director of Konecranes’ Business Unit Mobile Harbor Cranes added, “with this large Model 8 crane, Lorenzini can handle containers across 22 rows and a very high on-deck stack height.”
The rental crane expert Goeyvaerts-R bvba, based in Belgium, has recently ordered its 15th Konecranes Gottwald mobile harbour crane. It was placed in the third quarter of 2018. The machine will be delivered to Antwerp in November this year. The new crane, the largest in their fleet, will be an eco-efficient Model 7 mobile harbour crane in the G HMK 7608 variant providing a maximum lifting capacity of 150t and an outreach of up to 54m.
“We started our rental crane business in 2006. Due to the growing need for container twin-lifting and heavy cargo handling, our customers increasingly require larger cranes. The new Konecranes Gottwald Model 7 crane will provide a higher lifting capacity and a wider outreach than our existing machines and will therefore be an excellent addition to our current fleet of 14 Konecranes Gottwald mobile harbour cranes,” explained Rudi Goeyvaerts, CEO of Goeyvaerts-R bvba.
The Australian port solution provider Qube Ports will receive soon the eighth Liebherr LHM mobile harbour crane of its fleet, a LHM 420 currently arriving in Bell Bay, Tasmania. The company also ordered another model, a LHM 550, for its activities in Whyalla port in Australia with SIMEC group (Shipping, Infrastructure, Mining, Energy and Commodities). This machine, with a lifting capacity of 144t and a maximum radius of 54m, is fitted with the intelligent SmartGrip technology, capable of « optimizing the filling rate of the grab in a self-learning manner » according to the manufacturer. It can also « prevents overloads, increases the material handling rate and, at the same time, alleviates crane operator stress ».
The Civitavecchia Fruit & Forest Terminal SpA company (CFFT), subsidiary of the Belgian holding company Noord Natie, just ordered one new eco-efficient Konecranes Gottwald Model 5 mobile harbor crane as well as a Konecranes used mobile harbor crane to carry out its growing fruit handling activities. The Gottwald Model 5 has a 125t lifting capacity and a 51m outreach. The used crane provides a capacity up to 150t and a maximum outreach of 51m.
« Our long-term strategy foresees the successive expansion of our infrastructure to strengthen our position as a leading terminal for importing bananas and pineapples to Italy. As the backbone of this infrastructure, we have now opted for an impressive solution based on a new and a used crane from Konecranes. The benefits include immediate availability of the cranes, which will lead to improved quayside handling capacity in the short-term », stated the CFFT Managing Director Steven Clerckx.