Port of Dover invests in Liebherr LHM 550 Crane


Port of Dover boosts operations with new Liebherr LHM 550 mobile harbour crane.

The Port of Dover, responsible for 33% of the UK’s trade with the EU, has acquired an LHM 550 mobile harbour crane from Liebherr. This addition marks the third Liebherr mobile harbour crane for the port, joining the previous generation’s LHM 550 and LHM 280 cranes.

The LHM 550 mobile harbour crane has a 54-metre outreach and 104-tonne-configured lifting capacity and is engineered for high-volume cargo throughput, serving the New-Panamax class and Capesize bulk carriers. The crane has a capacity of up to 32 cycles per hour in container operation.

According to Liebherr, the crane is built as a high-rise version with a 4.8-metre tower extension, providing a more elevated crane operator perspective to support more efficient cargo handling. capabilities. The crane also features a hydrostatic drive for extremely precise control, more advanced software architecture, and all-rounder performance.

The new LHM 550, just like the two other Liebherr cranes, runs on Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO), an alternative fuel made from 100% renewable raw materials. The fuel choice aligns with the port’s drive towards its decarbonisation targets of achieving net zero for Scope 1,2 and 3 emissions by 2030.

The cranes are also capable of working in wind speeds of up to a force 9 severe gale, or 75-88 km/h, allowing vessels to be unloaded in nearly all-weather conditions throughout the year.

“The Cargo team would like to extend thanks to Liebherr for their professionalism and contribution to the extensive programme of investment that the terminal is undergoing to further enhance its deep-sea capabilities and support our robust eco-lens objectives,” Emma Whelan, Business Development Manager at the Port of Dover said.

“The purchase of its third LHM crane is a testament to our shared commitment to excellence and innovation in port operations. We look forward to further supporting the Port in enhancing its capabilities and achieving new milestones,” Rob Alexander, Sales Manager for maritime cranes at Liebherr Great Britain, said.

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