Thursday, January 31, 2019

Container Crane Orders Continue a Long Term Trading Relationship

Irish Manufacturer Delivers Specialist Port Equipment to USA
Shipping News Feature
IRELAND – US – Killarney based Liebherr Container Cranes recently handed over four ship to shore (STS) container cranes to customers in the USA. The cranes are specifically produced to suit the needs of the clients involved, Port Newark Container Terminal, New Jersey (PNCT) and Penn Terminals in Eddystone, Pennsylvania.

The two 69 metre megamax outreach cranes for PNCT are the first of four new Liebherr STS cranes which form part of an improvement and expansion plan, which will see the terminal grow to 309 acres and significantly increase container throughput capacity. In addition to the huge outreach capability, the units boast a span of 30.48 metres and a back-reach of 20 metres. Lift height over rail is 50.3 metres and the cranes have a safe working load of 66 tonnes under a twin-lift spreader.

These advanced cranes are comprehensively equipped being fitted with semi automation, electronic anti-sway and a straddle carrier positioning system allowing for increased productivity. Sophisticated laser anti-collision systems improve safety whilst the integration of optical character recognition (OCR) and a checkers cabin, ensures accurate container tracking. Additional remote access and diagnostics optimise crane maintenance.

Liebherr container cranes have a long association with the USA, with the first Liebherr ship to shore container cranes supplied to Texas in 1969. Since that time, Liebherr have continued to work closely with customers and supply container cranes to the country's ports and cargo terminals. On handover of the final two cranes at PNCT in the coming months Liebherr will have delivered 20 STS container cranes in the New York/New Jersey area since 2001 with 14 cranes delivered since 2012.

The units delivered to Penn terminals, situated on the Delaware river 6 miles south of Philadelphia, feature semi-automation of the trolley and hoist operation, with manual operation only required when operating below the pre-configured safe height. To optimise operations and increase cycle times, electronic anti-sway (sway damping) of the load is provided. Anti-collision systems and remote diagnostics are also included. The cranes have a span of 18.288 metres, an outreach of 48 metres, a back-reach of 15 metres and a safe working load under a twin-lift spreader of 66 tonnes.

The history of the crane manufacturer in Ireland stretches back over 60 years when Liebherr Ireland was founded in Killarney in 1958, switching identity to Liebherr Container Cranes when specialisation of container handling cranes became a priority and the company subsequently developed into one of the world’s leading manufacturers of ship to shore cranes, rail mounted gantry cranes and rubber tyre gantry cranes.

Photo: Penn Terminals.