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.
The Northern-Irish Port of Warrenpoint just ordered a Konecranes Gottwald Model 3 Mobile Harbor Crane, providing a lifting capacity of 100t and an outreach of 46m. Supplied in September 2018, this machine is part of the 25-year growth plan of the Port, which « forecasts a continued growth in trade following Brexit » as stated the manufacturer.