Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Container Crane Maker Delighted By Return to Australian Freight Port Market

Liebherr Back in Oz After 35 Year Absence
Shipping News Feature

AUSTRALIA – Liebherr Container Cranes Ltd recently secured an order from DP World Melbourne for the supply of one ship-to-shore container crane to the Port of Melbourne, Australia. The crane has a waterside outreach of 50 metres a span of 25.3 metres and a landside backreach of 20 metres. The safe working load of the crane is 65 tonnes under twin lift spreader with a lift height of 38 metre under spreader. Hoist speeds are 70-180 metres per minute, trolley speed is 240 metres per minute and crane travel speed is 50 metres per minute. Crane drives are Liebherr A.C. Speaking about the award of the contract, Liebherr Container Cranes Managing Director, Pat O’Leary commented:

“Liebherr are delighted with this order, which marks the return of Liebherr Container Cranes to Australia, after an absence of over 35 years. Liebherr ship to shore cranes can be found throughout Australasia and South East Asia, particularly New Zealand and the Philippines and we are thrilled to be back in Australia.

“In 2010 we supplied DP World in Manila with two STS cranes and we welcome the opportunity to extend our presence in the region by supplying a Liebherr Super Post Panamax crane to DP World Melbourne, Australia’s largest container Port. The addition of a Liebherr ship to shore crane to the Port of Melbourne will ensure that DP World will be able to deliver efficient services to their customers, as container volumes grow.”

Port equipment is not of course the only string to the crane manufacturers bow, this month saw German crane rental and heavy haulage company Wiemann Autokrane take delivery of two Liebherr all-terrain cranes capable of reaching site under their own power, including a massive 500 tonne unit with a huge 145 metre under hook height ready to assist in the construction of giant wind turbines on the German mainland.

Photo: DP World at West Swanson Dock, Port of Melbourne. Image Courtesy of Port of Melbourne Corporation.