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Published: 18 May 2017      

Electric recycler in Los Angeles

Photo: D Haynes POLA
SA Recycling has inaugurated its new electric driven LHM 550 Liebherr mobile harbour crane for scrap loading, as part of the Port of Los Angeles' drive to "zero emissions"

Southern California’s largest recycling operation and exporter of scrap metal, has unveiled a new electric mobile crane at its Port of Los Angeles terminal.

As previously reported, SA Recycling needed to replace a 1987-built diesel-powered crawler ship loader and was able to order the LHM 550 - Liebherr's third biggest MHC - with the proviso that it could initially be operated with a Tier 4 standard diesel genset pending the installation of a cable connection to the quay.

"We needed to dig a long trench from the transformer to plug into electric power," stated SA Recycling's President and CEO George Adams at the inauguration ceremony and live demonstration of the crane, which was attended by various political figures, EPA and POLA executives.

POLA's Deputy Executive Director Michael DiBernardo stated the US$6.3M crane is the first electric mobile ship-loading crane for non-container cargoes in the Port of Los Angeles. This points the way to future bulk/breakbulk crane purchases in the port.

The crane was acquired in part through a US$1.3M EPA grant, as part of efforts between the port and its tenants to transition to cleaner equipment. The crane is expected to eliminate 74t of NOx, 3t of PM, 3t of HC and 14t of CO over its life.

It is equipped with orange peel grabs and, for loading shredded scrap, skip pans tilted by adjusting the ropes. 


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