Photo: Liebherr STS
Three STSes went to Puerto Rico, a mobile LHM 600-type harbour crane to Jamaica, while two other LHMs (550 and 600) headed for the Bahamas.
The Crowley Maritime's Isla Grande Terminal at the Port of San Juan in Puerto Rico has ordered the Ship-to-Shore (STS) units with an outreach of 39.62 m, a span of 30.48 m, and a back reach of 15.54 m. The machines, which feature a lift height over rail of 35 m and a safe working load of 65 tn under twin lift spreader, are the first STSes to be shipped fully erect from Ireland, where they were assembled at the Cork Dockyard facility.
"This is our first order to the island of Puerto Rico and we are happy to play a part in helping to improve the shipping services to the people on the island. The cranes were designed and manufactured in our Irish facility, where we have been making container cranes since the 1960s, and incorporate the latest technology including semi-automatic mode which maximises the efficiency of container handling," Gerry Bunyan, Sales and Marketing Manager at Liebherr Container Cranes, said.
Kingston Wharves Limited's multipurpose terminal at Jamaica’s Port of Kingston has received the LHM 600-type mobile crane in the high-rise version. The machine, which is said to be the biggest crane operated in the Caribbean, is equipped with an elongated tower extension of 12 m to increase safety thanks to a higher position of the tower cabin of 37 m. It has a max outreach of 58 m, and is able to handle fully loaded containers in the 19th container row across a ship. The new LHM joined an LHM 550 high-rise version unit already in operation at the terminal.
Liebherr has also delivered two mobile harbour cranes of the LHM 550 and 600 ranges to the Freeport Container Port on the Bahamas, operated by Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH), after damages caused by the category four hurricane Matthew (two STSes were toppled backwards). HPH has been looking for a quick and uncomplicated bridge over solution until new STSes are ready for operation, and Liebherr delivered the new LHMs in four-weeks' time.
Meanwhile, Liebherr is currently also assembling two new mobile harbour cranes type LHM 420 in Mexico's Altamira for the company Bredero Shaw International B.V. The units, which will feature a 48 m boom and a 124 tn max lifting capacity, will be equipped with a special pipe handling attachment and a camera system installed on the attachment to improve sight on the load.