Thursday, March 2, 2017

Crane Manufacturer Making Inroads into New Territory

Liebherr Commissioned to Build Cranes for China and US
Shipping News Feature
GERMANY – CHINA – IRELAND – US – Crane manufacturer Liebherr has been awarded the contract to supply the heavy-lift crane for the COSCO Orion, a new wind farm installation and platform decommissioning vessel ordered by DEME from COSCO Offshore, a subsidiary of COSCO Shipping Heavy Industry. With a lifting capacity of 3,000 tonnes at more than 50 metres and a lifting height in excess of 170 metres, the Heavy Lift Crane (HLC) 295000 will be the biggest crane Liebherr has developed so far.

The order also included two RL-K 4200 knuckle boom cranes and an offshore crane simulator, all to be fiited on the Orion which, when delivered in spring 2019, will handle the heaviest monopiles, jackets, wind turbine components and structures in a single shipment.

The Liebherr offshore crane division made the decision in 2016 to extend its range of heavy lift cranes to better position the company in the expanding decommissioning and offshore wind markets. Both of these are expected to produce high volumes of work in the offshore sector in the coming years. Gordon Clark, Sales Director Liebherr Offshore Cranes said:

“It is a great honour to work with both DEME and COSCO on such a revolutionary project, and fits well in to our company strategy. We see a promising future in the heavy-lift sector, with growth in both the green energy sector and also offshore decommissioning.”

The Group’s maritime hub in Rostock will conduct construction, with assembly, installation/loadout and testing to be conducted at the facility on the Baltic Sea.

In addition to this award, three new ship-to-shore container cranes have been constructed in Ireland by Liebherr and are scheduled for delivery to Crowley Puerto Rico Services’ Isla Grande Terminal in San Juan later this month. The electric-powered cranes will be used to load and discharge containerised cargo being carried aboard Crowley’s two new liquefied natural gas (LNG)-powered, Commitment Class ConRo ships, one of which is expected to be in service in the second half of 2017 and the other in the first half of 2018. John Hourihan Jr., Crowley’s Senior Vice President and General Manager, Puerto Rico services, said:

“With these state-of-the-art cranes now erected, we are taking another step toward the transformation of our terminal into the most modern and efficient port facility on the island. We eagerly await their arrival here. Our new terminal infrastructure will help us enhance Puerto Rico as a shipping and logistics hub for the Caribbean Basin and beyond, and open up many new opportunities for our customers.”

These are the first new, specialised gantry cranes to be received for operation in San Juan Harbour in five decades. Crowley is investing more than $130 million of the $550 million total project cost in infrastructure improvements to its Isla Grande terminal, including a new pier, cranes, container staging areas, reefer plugs, truck gates, container handling equipment and more. Gerry Bunyan, Sales and Marketing Manager with Liebherr Container Cranes said:

“We are proud to work with Crowley to provide these modern container cranes for their Puerto Rico terminal. This is our first order to the island of Puerto Rico and we are happy to play a part in helping to improve the shipping services to the people on the island. The cranes were designed and manufactured in our Irish facility, where we have been making container cranes since the 1960s, and incorporate the latest technology including semi-automatic mode, which maximises the efficiency of container handling. The cranes will provide a high level of productivity and efficiency to the Isla Grande terminal.”