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Mobile harbour crane business abounds

Two Konecranes Gottwald MHCs have been delivered to Zuidnatie in Antwerp; Lindø Port of Odense will be Liebherr’s second Danish customer for an LHM 800

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Mobile harbour crane business abounds

All three cranes will be capable of being driven fully electrcially. The Zuidnatie order was for one Model 3 and one Model 7 crane. Lindø port of Odense’s crane is understood to be the fourth LHM 800 to be supplied in the heavy lift variant, with a maximum capacity on the ropes of 308 tonnes – the others being at Port of Bronka (two) and the Port of Esbjerg.


Zuidnatie provides logistics and transportation services for all kinds of cargo and has been a customer for Gottwald cranes for a long time. “We’ve been operating Gottwald mobile harbour cranes for more than 20 years,” says Stéphanie Feys, Managing Director of Zuidnatie NV.


“We trust both the high overall performance of the cranes and the eco-efficiency of their diesel-electric drive. After discussing our needs with Konecranes, we’ve decided to move closer to fully-electric operation for environmental and economic reasons.”


For empty container handling and heavy loads up to 100 tons at its operations area at Antwerp’s Quay 624, Zuidnatie has opted for a Konecranes Gottwald GHMK 3405 crane in the 2-rope variant [photo above]. The crane is equipped with an external power supply to be connected to the harbour mains, reducing local exhaust and noise emissions in the terminal.

The Konecranes G HMK 7508 B at Quay 480
The Konecranes G HMK 7508 B at Quay 480

For bulk and breakbulk handling at Quay 480, Zuidnatie chose a 4-rope G HMK 7508 B, with a powerful 63 ton grab curve in A7 class and a maximum capacity of 125 tons. Prepared for an external power supply, electric conversion will be easy when resources allow.


“Konecranes’ electric drives give lower operational costs over the crane’s life cycle and can deliver even higher efficiency with an external power supply, making them an excellent investment for our customers,” said Alexandros Stogianidis, Director, Sales, Benelux for Konecranes Port Solutions.


“This project underlines the value of our long-term partnerships with our customers, and shows the growing momentum behind our eco-efficient portfolio of products.”


Lindø Port of Odense is Denmark’s largest port by area. It compromises 6.4M m2 and will be further expanded next year for ongoing developments. In order to be geared for future offshore wind turbines, the port has signed a purchase agreement for the world’s largest port mobile crane from Liebherr in Rostock.


Lindø Port of Odense’s LHM 800 has, as noted, a lifting capacity of 302-304 tonnes under rotator/hook and a lifting height of 96.7m above quay, thanks to a custom-made multi-layer winch. Like Esbjerg, Lindø will use its crane to cope with the huge offshore wind turbines of tomorrow.


Lindø’s LHM 800 will be equipped with a high-rise tower extension that makes it the world’s largest and strongest mobile harbour crane ever built by Liebherr.


The built-in electric motor of the crane will save up to 300 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year and makes the crane emission free at the same time, as the electric power is generated by wind turbines. With the installed 300m cable drum, the crane can travel up to 600m at the quay.


The crane complements the port’s existing crane portfolio. In combination with the current Liebherr LHM 550 MHC, the port will be able to lift 400 ton nacelles to offshore wind farms exclusively with mobile harbour cranes.


At the same time, it offers good opportunities at the new port extension. It means faster handling of steel scrap and thus shorter quay lay times for ships, said Liebherr.


“With the purchase of the new mega crane, we are cementing our key role as one of the world’s largest port players in the green transition with unique production facilities for the future of the future offshore wind turbines," said Carsten Aa, CEO at Lindø port of Odense.


"We can see that the good sizes are getting bigger and bigger. We are meeting that development now with this investment so that we can continue to contribute to facilitating green workplaces within sustainable energy production.”


The photo below shows personnel from Liebherr and the customer at Liebherr Rostock plant, for the signing ceremony, viz: L to R: Roman Chopyk (Sales Manager, Liebherr Rostock); Andreas Müller (Sales Director, Liebherr Mobile Harbour Cranes); Christian Kruse Trillingsgaard (Technical Manager, Lindø port of Odense); Carsten Aa (CEO, Lindø port of Odense); Leopold Berthold (Managing Director, Liebherr Rostock); Aron Boysen (Sales Manager, Liebherr Denmark); and Sara Glasewald (Project Manager, Liebherr Rostock).

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