Thursday, February 9, 2017

Crane Manufacturer Pleased with Sales to Italian Ports

Record Deliveries in 2016
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ITALY – Last year Liebherr Maritime Cranes celebrated the delivery of nine mobile harbour cranes, four reachstackers, three rail mounted gantry cranes and one ship-to-shore container crane to various Italian ports. Since Liebherr has been engaged in the manufacturing of maritime cargo handling equipment, ports in Italy proved to be reliable and valuable partners to the German company, with the first mobile harbour crane being delivered in 1974.

However, deliveries reached a record level in the last year which Liebherr attributes to its efficient local sales and support team. The fleet of Italian units is mainly used for container handling to cope with the constantly rising containerisation of goods. For such reason, crane purchasers are also entirely focusing on Liebherr’s crane models designed for the handling of Panamax and Post-Panamax vessels. Pieter Vuylsteke, Liebherr's Sales Manager for the European market said:

“The recent boost in LHM crane orders is probably the most impressive testimonial of our continuous market penetration via our regional sales office in Ravenna. With this number of deliveries, 2016 definitely is a benchmark for our future sales ambitions in Italy.”

For 2017 the positive trend looks set to continue. Beside the upcoming delivery of a gantry container crane, there are discussions with a number of port operators for new reachstackers for top lift and intermodal operation as well as mobile harbour cranes. As Liebherr summed up in a statement:

“Looks like the Italian job is not yet done.”

PICTURE – Two Liebherr heavy lift ship cranes unloading a Liebherr mobile harbour crane at the Port of Monfalcone, Italy.