Niedersachsen Ports get Liebherr MHCs

By Laura Hatton22 July 2013

The type LHM 420 at the Emden port, Germany

The type LHM 420 at the Emden port, Germany

Niedersachsen Ports, Northern Germany, has taken delivery of two Liebherr mobile harbour cranes to help increase turnover in its Brake and Emden sea ports.

One of the cranes is an LHM 550, which has been delivered to Brake. Capacity is 144 tonnes and outreach is 54 metres. At maximum outreach capacity is 40.9 tonnes. It joins an existing LHM 500 at the port and will be used for tandem lifts, a company spokesperson said. Installation of the Sycratronic system allows one crane operator to handle heavy loads up to 284 tonnes using both cranes together.

The new crane started operation in May 2013 and has been used to handles project cargo, heavy cargo and components for the wind power industry.

For the remaining part of the order, an LHM 420 has been delivered to the Emden port. The LHM 420 has two double winches and offers a capacity of 124 tonnes and a maximum outreach of 48 metres. At maximum outreach capacity is 34.5 tonnes.

Wilfried Schleusener, project manager engineering, said, “Because of the urgent need the procurement of the new mobile harbour crane was quite challenging for all parties involved. We are pleased that everything worked out very smoothly, including the contract negotiations, the challenging unload of the crane at the Südkai, the installation of the LHM 420 and the training of the crane operators in Emden.”

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