Monday, September 14, 2015

From Container and General Freight Handling to North Sea Energy Platforms - All Need a Crane

Trio of Successful Orders for Austrian Based Group
Shipping News Feature

AUSTRIA – RUSSIA – NETHERLANDS – Lots of news from Austrian maritime crane manufacturer Liebherr recently starting with four ship to shore container cranes delivered to the Fenix Container Terminal in the Port of Bronka, St. Petersburg, Russia. The cranes are due to enter operation at the purpose built container terminal on the Baltic sea in the coming weeks. The freight terminal will be developed in stages, with this initial first stage due to deliver an annual capacity of 1.45 million TEU on what is an important trade route between Russia and Europe. Stages 2 and 3 of the development will see the capacity of the development reach 1.9 million and 3 million TEU respectively.

The cranes were designed in Liebherr Container Cranes, Ireland and manufactured in the state of the art facility in Ireland before the completed cranes were assembled in the Liebherr Rostock plant and barged through the Baltic Sea to St. Petersburg as per our photograph. Speaking about the contract, managing director of Liebherr Container Cranes, Pat O'Leary commented:

“Liebherr is proud to have been selected as a partner to help deliver this important project. At Liebherr Container Cranes, we have been designing and manufacturing cranes at our facility in Ireland since 1958. This wealth of experience has given us an expertise and knowledge which is second to none. We supplied our first cranes to Russia, many years ago and since then have delivered both STS and RTGs to ports all across Russia. This particular project required that the cranes be delivered fully assembled and our maritime facility in Rostock was utilized to facilitate this.”

Meanwhile Liebherr reports success on home turf with the news that Hafen Wien, which operates the largest free port in Austria, invested in a new Liebherr mobile harbour crane, type LHM 280, which began operations last month. The port, situated crucially in Vienna has almost perfect multimodal connections via its waterways, road and rail network and is continuously expanding to become one of the largest and most modern logistics centres on the Danube in Europe.

The port of Vienna lies at the junction of three TEN-T corridors and is one of the main hinterland hubs in Europe, especially for the major North Sea ports and the Adriatic ports. With its facilities in Freudenau, Albern and Lobau, Hafen Wien is the largest public port on the Danube in Austria, handling thirteen million tonnes of cargo per year.

Hafen Wien has already successfully operated a Liebherr mobile harbour crane, type LHM 1080, for more than 25 years. In order to update its facilities, the company opted for a Liebherr mobile harbour crane, type LHM 280. Providing a maximum lifting capacity of 84 tonnes and an outreach of up to 40 metres, the crane is equipped with two winches for highly efficient cargo handling, more than twice as strong as the old one and universally applicable being suited to container handling, bulk handling as well as general cargo operations. Karin Zipperer, Technical Director of the port commented:

“Our new mobile harbour crane helps us to improve cargo handling efficiency. Thanks to its versatility and mobility, we are able to expand our service portfolio which is important for the future development of our port. This investment also strengthens the attractiveness of inland waterborne transport.”

Elsewhere Liebherr’s Offshore Crane Division has completed yet another project with long-term client Petrogas with the commissioning of a state-of-the-art ram luffing crane of the type RL-1500 for service on the Petrogas A18 Platform for the Dutch Sector of The North Sea. The two companies have had a close working relationship for some time and Liebherr Maritime Benelux, now provides aftersales support for all 10 Liebherr offshore cranes for Petrogas in The Netherlands. Paul Quinn the Construction Manager for Petrogas said:

“The crane was delivered on time and within a short period assembled, installed, hooked up and tested on site at the Platform Fabricators facility in The Netherlands. The whole assembly process was very well planned. As a result, the Site Acceptance Test (SAT) was a pure formality.”

Iwan Scholte, Sales Manager at Liebherr’s Offshore Crane Division explained that the weight-optimised and compact design make the ram luffing crane an ideal piece of equipment for North Sea platforms. The crane will be mainly used to lift supplies and auxiliary equipment from supply vessels, but is sized also for potential future operational needs.