21/02/2013 - 14:51 pm

Liebherr designs ship-to-shore crane concept


Grup TCB and Liebherr Container Cranes Ltd. have created an innovative crane design tailor-made for the jetty pier in Nemrut Bay / Aliaga, Turkey, where Grup operates its container terminal TCEEGE.

Until now, in order to service container vessels on both sides of the jetty pier, the use of mobile harbour cranes has been necessary. This requires continuous management of terminal tractor traffic and movement of the hatch-covers on the dock. This situation was far from ideal and was not optimising the operational flexibility that a finger pier provides.

The idea of ​​a double boom ship-to-shore (STS) container crane emerged because of the need to operate simultaneously on both sides of the pier, handling two vessels at the same time while improving existing traffic flow and safety on the pier and increasing the productivity rates per vessel.

The 360 metre-long pier at Nemrut Bay / Aliaga will be equipped with four double boom STS cranes, two of which have recently been commissioned and installed by Liebherr. This will allow up to four cranes to work on the same vessel simultaneously, thus easily exceeding 100 moves per hour per vessel. Alternatively, two medium-sized vessels can be handled simultaneously, achieving a productivity well in excess of 50 moves per hour per vessel.

To meet these new challenges, the Liebherr double boom STS crane has been designed in such a way that it can switch from one boom to another within a few minutes. The machinery trolley and spreader rotate with the cabin, enabling the operator to directly face the vessel in operation. Moreover, the Liebherr drive system allows the STS to work on one side of the pier while having the opposite boom raised to allow berthing and unberthing on the other side of the pier.

The cranes have an outreach of 50m on either side. The pier has a rail span of 36m, which gives a total trolley travel of 136m. The lifting height of the spreader above the seaside rail is 38m and has a 15m depth below the rail giving a total lifting height of 53m.

Liebherr managing director Pat O’Leary said: “The double boom crane design was a unique engineering project in terms of innovation and scale. Liebherr Container Cranes manufactured the first (a smaller unit) double luffing crane in 1976 for Piombino Italy.”

The Liebherr double boom cranes are not the first Liebherrs purchased by Grup TCB for the port. They join two mobile harbour cranes in use at the port since 2008.

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