Monday, January 29, 2018

Crane Based on ISO Shipping Containers Sold Whilst Port Outfit Buy Mobile Harbour Unit

European Lifting Equipment Makers Detail New Orders
Shipping News Feature
FINLAND – GERMANY – DUBAI – AUSTRALIA – Two of Europe's biggest manufacturer's of maritime and cargo handing cranes announced significant orders this month. German outfit Liebherr sold another of its mobile harbour cranes to Aussie port specialist Qube Ports, the eighth such unit to the same company, whilst Finnish headquartered Konecranes have received an order for one of its specially adapted, easy to assemble CXT Explorer units, based on shipping containers, from UAE based mobile crane hire firm Johnson Arabia LLC.

The Konecranes unit is of particular interest owing to its innovative, patented design. Using its standard CXT electric overhead crane, mounted on a steel structure this is the affixed atop a base made from two standard ISO shipping containers which the makers claim enables a sturdy foundation for lifting, resulting in a powerful and adaptable movable crane.

With a lifting height of 5 metres and a similar span, Konecranes say there is plenty of room for most field lifting needs. Johnson Arabia will use CXT Explorer on major sites as a mobile workshop where they deploy large numbers of cranes and AWP’s to assist in quick turnaround repairs that in the past could have meant the equipment being removed from site and being returned to main yards.

Johnson Arabia, which rents out mobile cranes and aerial work platforms, was looking for a temporary but reliable lifting solution. They also considered the option to install an overhead travelling crane or a jib crane for the maintenance purposes, but they chose the CXT Explorer, as it is strong, yet movable and can be assembled on site in a few hours.

Meanwhile Qube Ports, which has services and facilities in 28 Australian ports, together with cargo storage, materials handling and distribution operations in all Australia states, has ordered a new Liebherr mobile harbour crane type LHM 420 in the container handling version for its port operation in Bell Bay, Tasmania. Previously the company has installed seven Liebherr mobile harbour cranes in Darwin, Bunbury, Port Hedland, Geraldton and Fremantle and also recently ordered twelve wheel loaders from Liebherr.

The new crane is equipped with a twin-lift spreader and, for the handling of project cargo, the LHM 420 provides a maximum lifting capacity of 124 tonnes at an outreach of up to 16 metres. The maximum reach of the crane is 48 metres.

Photo: The CXT Explorer with (inset) the LHM 420.