05/10/2012 - 04:00 am

Liebherr Delivers 40th Mobile Harbor Cranes in North America

In early 2012, an LHM 550 Liebherr mobile harbor crane, purchased by Maine Port Authority, marked the 40th delivery to the North American market. Of these machines, 32 have been delivered to the United States, and eight were sent to Canada.

The 40th crane delivered was purchased by the Maine Port Authority for its port in Searsport. The facilities of the terminal include two piers, one for dry cargo and one for liquid cargo. Bulk material handling is one of the machine's main tasks. For that reason, the LHM 550 is equipped with two winches for mechanical four rope grab operation. With a maximum lifting capacity of 144 tons, the new crane is ideal for handling heavy lift cargo, like windmill components.

The new LHM 550 is the second Liebherr mobile harbor crane purchased by the Maine Port Authority. The customer received its first crane, type LHM 320, in 2000. Due to their positive experience with the first machine, Maine Port Authority decided to order a newer, stronger LHM manufactured in accordance with the highest quality standards.

Recently, another LHM 550 was delivered to the United States. Gloucester Terminals LLC has reinforced its cargo handling equipment fleet with Liebherr's LHM 550. Equipped with one winch, the machine will be used for general cargo and container handling. The LHM 550 is backed up by an existing LHM 400, which started operation in Gloucester in January 2011. Gloucester Terminals specializes in steel, containers, forest products, project cargo, and heavy lift. Additionally, they provide a large refrigerated capacity for perishable products.

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