Autumn 2019 saw the company deliver its first rail mounted gantry harbour crane to its first U.S. customer, the North Carolina Ports (NPC), who opted for the type LPS 420 portal slewing crane, equipped with special designed curve running gear, for its terminal at the Port of Morehead City.
The special, rectangular design of NCP's terminal, required the crane to be ready for operation at all quay edges. The curved running gear allows the crane to travel through a 90 degree bend with an inner curve radius of 90 m.
The Port of Morehead City is a breakbulk and bulk facility, one of the deepest on the United States East Coast, located just four miles from the Atlantic Ocean. The new machinery will be used mainly for handling grain and fertilizer, but also various project cargoes, such as parts of wind turbines, trains and rails.
Paul J. Cozza, Executive Director, North Carolina Ports, said, "The addition of the new LPS 420 rail-mounted gantry crane at the Port of Morehead City represents North Carolina Ports' commitment to investing in the future and long-term success of the Port, its customers and the North Carolina economy. The new crane will enable us to more efficiently handle a diverse range of cargoes and ultimately better meet customer demand."