Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Cargo Crane Business Increases as US Freight Handlers Invest

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US – In early 2012, a state of the art Liebherr Mobile Harbour Crane, type LHM 550, marked the 40th delivery to the North American market, of these machines 32 were delivered to the United States and eight to Canada. The Swiss managed group says that since 2006 a stable upward trend has been evident, especially in the United States as since then more than 20 Liebherr Mobile Harbour Cranes have been put to work handling cargo comprising almost every type of freight for North American companies.

The 40th crane delivered was purchased by the Maine Port Authority for their port in Searsport, Maine, USA. The facilities of the terminal include two piers, one for dry cargo and one for liquid cargo. Bulk material handling is one of the machine’s main tasks. For that reason the LHM 550 is equipped with two winches for mechanical four rope grab operation. With a maximum lifting capacity of 144 tonnes, the new crane is ideal for handling heavy lift cargo, like windmill components.

Recently, another LHM 550 was delivered to the United States. Gloucester Terminals LLC has reinforced its cargo handling equipment fleet with Liebherr’s most in demand mobile harbour crane model, the LHM 550. Equipped with one winch, its new Liebherr machine will be used for general cargo and container handling. The LHM 550 is backed up by an existing LHM 400 which started operation in Gloucester in January 2011. Gloucester Terminals specialises in steel, containers, forest products, project cargo and heavy lift. Additionally, they provide a large refrigerated capacity for perishable products.

The materials handling specialist is confident that the upward trend for their products on the American continent is set to continue and already have further deliveries plans in the coming months.

Photo: An LHM 550 in action at Searsport, Maine.