Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Container Terminal and International Sea Ports Order New Cranes from Liebherr

New Unit Dwarfs Angel of the North
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UK - GERMANY - IRELAND – Yesterday saw the latest Liebherr gantry crane arrive at the Port of Tyne’s container terminal at Tyne Dock, South Shields, but anyone wishing to see the finished item towering above the quayside may have to wait a little longer. Unlike the recent delivery from China of five quay cranes into the port of London Gateway, the new arrival will appear more like a Meccano set initially as it consists of 124 separate parts from Ireland and Germany which will take two days to unload and a further eight weeks for the specialist team from Liebherr to assemble a crane which, at 70 metres, will tower a full 11 metres above the Tyne bridge and dwarf the Angel of the North’s mere 20 metres.

The Port of Tyne already have one existing gantry crane from when the box terminal opened twenty two years ago and the new unit has a capacity of 37 metres outreach that can handle containers 13 across the deck of a vessel which the port says will increase productivity by 25% providing additional flexibility, able as it is to handle 98% of the world's global fleet of short sea container vessels. The crane, weighing as much as 107 double decker buses, will join the bank of ten cranes already forming a backdrop to the riverside. Andrew Moffat, Port of Tyne Chief Executive Officer, observed:

"We are adding a second gantry crane to provide increased resilience in our operations and improve productivity and efficiency to better meet our customers' needs. It will put us in a much stronger position to gain new business and achieve our growth plans and whilst it predominantly will be used for containers, it will also be able to be used for bulk cargoes.

"Last year the Port of Tyne's contribution to the economy of the North East was valued at £0.5 billion, supporting 10,000 jobs. This major investment in a second gantry crane will further benefit our customers and support new businesses importing or exporting in the manufacturing, retail and energy sectors.”

Meanwhile the mobile harbour cranes division of the Swiss headquartered group advise us that the North German port group Niedersachsen (NPorts), has continued to buy Liebherr products with the successful installation of an LHM 550 model to the Niedersachsenkai in the seaport of Brake, and an LHM 420 in Emden. For years NPorts, Brake has successfully operated a LHM 500 and the company decided to fit the model’s successor for its 144 tonne lift and 54 metre reach. The two cranes in tandem give a new dimension to the quay’s abilities and through Sycratronic® technology enable a single driver to handle loads to 284 tonnes.

Niedersachsen Ports GmbH & Co. KG is owner and operator of five seaports, seven island supply ports and three regional ports on the German North Sea Coast. The company’s head office is in Oldenburg. Niedersachsen Ports manages the port infrastructure of the large seaports in Lower Saxony via its branches in Brake, Emden, Cuxhaven and Wilhelmshaven. The Norden branch is in charge of the island supply ports for the East Frisian Islands. Hence NPorts is the single contact for several German ports. The ports of Nports are therefore the foundation for manifold economic activities and a multimodal link between the sea- and land-based requirements in the region forming an essential link in the international supply chain.

In Emden, an urgent replacement for the company’s existing cranes meant time was of the essence and Liebherr was in the position to offer a delivery period of just 14 days ex works for its newest model, type LHM 420. The crane is equipped with two double winches and provides a maximum lifting capacity of 124 tonnes as well as a maximum outreach of 48 metres and its principal jobs in Emden include grab operation (SWL 75 tonnes), project cargo and break bulk. Dipl. Ing. Wilfried Schleusener, Liebherr’s Project Manager Engineering, said:

“Because of the urgent need the procurement of the new mobile harbour crane was quite challenging for all parties involved. We are pleased that everything worked out very smoothly, including the contract negotiations, the challenging unload of the crane at the Südkai, the installation of the LHM 420 and the training of the crane operators in Emden.”

Photo: The Liebherr crane in operation on the quayside in Emden.