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DFDS invests £3M in new Liebherr MHC at Immingham

Multimodal shortsea shipping operator DFDS has acquired a new Liebherr LHM 420 mobile harbour crane to support its growing operations in Immingham

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DFDS invests £3M in new Liebherr MHC at Immingham

The arrival of the crane comes hot on the heels of the announcement of enhanced DFDS liner services between Immingham-Norway-Belgium at the start of 2019.

The new crane has a maximum hook lift capacity of 124 tonnes and a maximum outreact of 48m. It will be used to handle containers with a twin 20 spreader, project cargo and break-bulk cargo handling. It is also equipped with a cable reeling system, to plug into the port’s grid as required.


DFDS Terminal Director Alan Finch said, "The new Liebherr LMH 420 crane will operate in conjunction with our existing Gottwald crane to maximise the lifespan of the older equipment. They will work in consecutive dual activities to enhance customer co-operation and flexibility and eliminating the need for additional crane hire."

Andrew Byrne and (R) Alan Finch
Andrew Byrne and (R) Alan Finch

DFDS says that the specification and choice of manufacturer were carefully considered, taking account of its eeds to maintain current crane cycle times - given its greater lift capacity - as well as optimal running cost, operational longevity and optional external low-voltage electric power source. These factors will ensure operational efficiency, reliability, availability and meeting all Health and Safety legislation requirements are met.


Although classed as a mobile crane, the Liebherr LMH 420 will spend most of it’s working life serving vessels at DFDS Dockside, the Immingham inner harbour operated by DFDS, which at the beginning of December handled the lifting of the Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree on its way from Norway to London.

The crane is equipped with a cable reeling system to run off the port grid, as required
The crane is equipped with a cable reeling system to run off the port grid, as required

Finch added: "With this significant investment we can lift even heavier cargoes for third party shippers with the flexibility of shorter lead times. Alongside heavy lift cargo, DFDS Dockside is also a hive of activity for a wide range of other lift-on, lift off commodities and units such as steel, containers and breakbulk cargo.“


Andrew Byrne, Managing Director of DFDS Seaways PLC added: “The new £3M crane is part of an exciting investment and expansion programme at Immingham. Despite the present global uncertainity we are growing our range of services and improving the experience for our customers. This crane is the embodiment of that programme and I know a number of our staff are really excited about the prospect of operating such a large and technologically advanced machine.


"The crane’s arrival went to plan and whilst bad weather at sea delayed the crossing to Immingham, we are still on course to enhance our cargo handling from the beginning of 2019. Our plans include expanding our workforce and we have also aquired a bigger footprint on the dock to handle increased volumes of cargo.“


In common with many shortsea deliveries of erect MHCs from Rostock, Liebherr chartered a Meri ro-ro ship for the sailing to Immingham. With this method, the crane is rolled on and off using its own power, and the boom is raised by Liebherr’s commissioning engineers after discharge.

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