Shannon Foynes Port Company (SFPC) in Ireland recently took delivery of a new Liebherr Mobile Harbour Crane LHM 420, which was delivered fully assembled by sea from Liebherr’s factory in Rostock
Shannon Foynes Port Company opted for a new Liebherr mobile harbour crane type LHM 420 following a competitive tendering process. The tender documentation paid particular attention to the machine’s quality and technical innovations along with ongoing aftersales support.
The new LHM 420 was delivered fully assembled to the Port of Foynes by the MV PAPENBURG heavy load carrier. Loading took place at the Liebherr production facility in Rostock, Germany and the sailing time to Foynes was six days.
On arrival in Foynes, the crane was simply driven off the vessel by Liebherr engineers and was ready for work the same day, saving the time and space at the customer’s site needed for onsite assembly and testing of cranes shipped in component form. Liebherr can now deliver cranes from Rostock fully assembled to destinations all over the world to save customers time and inconvenience.
This includes the plan’t biggest port crane, the LHM 800, which has been shipped fully-erect to destinations such as Montevideo, Valaparaíso and Saint Petersburg-Bronka.
The new crane will primarily be used to handle bulk products and has a grab curve of 75 tonnes (grab plus load). This allows larger grabs to be installed, which results in increased turnover per cycle and ultimately reduced fuel consumption. It will also be used to handle project cargo, in particular wind turbines. Maximum SWL under hook is 124 tonnes.
The grab curve is 45% greater and the heavy lift capability is twice as great as available on the port’s existing craneage, said the port company’s Engineering & Port Services Manager John Carlton.
To prevent dusty cargoes from entering the machinery room, the crane is also fitted with a positive air pressure system that pressurises the machinery room with clean air.
Due to the port’s close proximity to the town of Foynes, the new crane had to be near silent in operation. Additional sound proofing was installed to reduce noise emissions to ensure that the crane could not be heard by nearby residents and business owners.
The port company’s CEO Pat Keating said: “We need efficient jetties, but we also need efficient plant and machinery and this crane gives us all of that and more. This piece of equipment is future proofing the port. It’s something we need for the here and now but it’s also planning ahead. The greater lift capacity and reach it provides us with enables us to bring in new business.
"That means more ships, bigger ships and processing them with faster turnaround times. So it’s an investment in our customers. And with the LHM 420’s very low emissions and lower noise levels, its environmental footprint is minimised.”