Thursday, September 5, 2013

Mobile Harbour Cranes Proving a Hit with Container and Bulk Freight Ports in Latin America

Sales Doubled as Versatile Models Take Off
Shipping News Feature

SWITZERLAND – LATIN AMERICA – Crane builder Liebherr reports that its mobile harbour crane sales have risen steadily in recent years with state of the art units such as its LHM 600 models bringing in orders from port groups for twelve cranes from Latin America in the past year alone, more than doubling the previous year’s total. Liebherr claims the crane is the strongest in its class and, with a maximum outreach of 58 metres and twin lift capability, the LHM 600 is capable of servicing vessels bearing up to 19 container rows.

In Montevideo, Uruguay, Montecon S.A. started operation in 2000 since when their Liebherr mobile harbour crane fleet has steadily grown. In the last 12 months, Montecon S.A. has ordered two more of the mighty LHM 600’s. Hence, three LHM 600s will soon service vessels in the Port of Montevideo, supported by a number of previously delivered LHM models.

Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH), one of the world’s leading port operators with ports in 26 countries worldwide, has ordered four LHM 600’s for its ports in Latin America. In Argentina, Buenos Aires Container Terminal Services S.A. ordered their first Liebherr Mobile Harbour Crane, again type LHM 600, in two-rope configuration for dedicated container handling. There has been strong growth in the Mexican market where HPH alone has ordered three LHM 600’s. The country’s annual GDP growth of about 4% calls for new investments in efficient port equipment and for that reason, 2013 looks to be the most successful year in history regarding LHM deliveries to Mexico.

One of the new units goes to an HPH offshoot on the country’s west coast, Terminal Internacional de Manzanillo S.A. de C.V. (TIMSA), which has a multipurpose terminal for bulk material and container handling there. On the Pacific coast, Lázaro Cárdenas Multipurpose Terminal S.A. de C.V. has ordered two LHM 600’s each equipped with a 104 tonne winch and will mainly be used for handling containers and bulk cargo. Staying in Lázaro Cárdenas, Terminales Portuarias del Pacifico also opted for a LHM 600 to assist with its bulk handling operations.

Brazil however is the biggest market in Latin America for the Liebherr Mobile Harbour Cranes. After a number of very successful years, Liebherr has again received several LHM orders in 2013. In Manaus, close to the confluence between the Negro River and the Amazon River, Chibatão Navegação e Comércio LTDA decided to reinforce their port equipment with three LBS 600’s.

These Liebherr Barge Slewing (LBS) cranes are an efficient combination of the innovative mobile harbour crane concept and a fixed pedestal mounted on a barge, which replaces the undercarriage. LBS cranes provide an economical and space-saving solution for the installation on quaysides and jetties, especially in Manaus where room for manoeuvring is limited. These three LBS’s will join an existing fleet of nine Liebherr Fixed Cargo Cranes and six Liebherr Rubber Tyre Gantry Cranes in Manaus.

Due to the continued high demand in Latin America for its products Liebherr has invested some $20 million in a new sales and service centre in Miami. Opened in June, the new centre serves as a major hub for Liebherr’s maritime cranes division and will further strengthen business relations to the Latin American region. The newly built complex is situated on a total property area covering about 40,000 square metres whilst the building itself has a total area of 3,800 square metres and in 2013 will be staffed by a complement of over fifty.