Recognized as an industry leader in the manufacturing of mobile cranes, Liebherr Maritime Cranes is one of the companies enjoying the increased competition between ports which the shipping industry is witnessing. In Latin America for instance, the company has recently received orders for seven additional mobile harbour cranes following a remarkable success achieved in 2013 in the same region, receiving 12 orders in only 12 months for the strongest mobile harbour crane model available, the LHM 600. Capable of servicing vessels up to 19 container rows wide, the LHM 600 provides a maximum outreach of 58 metres and a maximum lifting capacity of 208 tonnes. The list goes on with Liebherr, who remain the market leader in Peru with Callao S.A. due to receive two LHM 550s this year, which will significantly increase container and bulk handling throughout the port and bring the total number of these units in the country to seven.
Furthermore, global port management company, Group TCB, included a variety of makes and models in last year’s orders for handling equipment. The group has spent €26.2 million in 2013, an increase of over 100% against 2012, in addition to investing some €84 million in equipment the past three years. Collaborating with Liebherr’s operation in Ireland, the two companies have created an innovative crane design, tailor made for best performance from the jetty pier in Nemrut Bay/Aliaga, Turkey, where Group TCB operates its container terminal TCEEGE.
Until now, in order to service container vessels on both sides of the jetty pier, the use of mobile harbour cranes has been necessary. This requires continuous management of terminal tractor traffic and movement of the hatch-covers on the dock. This situation was far from ideal and was not optimising the operational flexibility that a finger pier provides, which resulted in the idea of a double boom ship-to-shore (STS) container crane, that can operate simultaneously on both sides of the pier, handling two vessels at the same time while improving existing traffic flow and safety on the pier and significantly increasing the productivity rates per vessel. The 360 metre long pier at Nemrut Bay/Aliaga will be equipped with four double boom Ship-to-Shore cranes, two of which have recently been commissioned and installed by Liebherr, which will allow up to four cranes to work on the same vessel simultaneously, thus easily exceeding 100 moves per hour per vessel.