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.
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.