Thursday, September 20, 2012

New Container Crane Will Help Speed Shipping Services

Eighth Ship to Shore Machine from Liebherr for Argentinean Terminal
Shipping News Feature

ARGENTINA – Liebherr Container Cranes Ltd. has recently commissioned its eighth ship to shore container crane at Exolgan Container Terminal in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The crane was officially welcomed to the terminal in a ceremony at Exolgan at which the president of Argentina, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, along with local dignitaries and representatives from Exolgan attended. Speaking at the ceremony the president of Argentina strongly praised the commitment to growth shown by Exolgan Container Terminal and noted that the company currently handles a third of all containers shipping into and out of Argentina.

The acquisition of the ship to shore crane is part of continued expansion at the container terminal that has already seen a 360 metre long berth extension. The expansion plans, when completed, will allow Exolgan to service two super post panamax vessels simultaneously. The newest addition to the Liebherr fleet at Exolgan has a safe working load of 62.5 tonnes under twin lift spreader and has a lift height of 40 metre over the rail and the crane will be able to handle vessels with up to 20 rows of containers. Gerry Bunyan, Liebherr‘s sales and marketing manager said:

“The commissioning of this crane is the next phase in the long-term partnership between Liebherr and Exolgan Container Terminal. The first Liebherr ship to shore crane was supplied in 1994 and since then Liebherr have worked with Exolgan Container Terminal, providing ship to shore cranes to what is now one of South America’s leading ports.”