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Port Canaveral and Ravenna receive new cranes

Florida’s Port Canaveral has received a new Liebherr LHM 600 mobile harbour crane at its North Cargo Berth 5, while another LHM 600 and a LHM 550 have been shipped to SAPIR and an affiliated company in the Port of Ravenna

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Port Canaveral and Ravenna receive new cranes

The crane arrived as dawn was breaking on Friday, 18th January aboard BigLift Shipping’s HAPPY DOVER. It was shipped upright from Rostock with the boom completely detached.


Canaveral Port Authority purchased the crane to accommodate the port’s growing diverse cargo throughput, adding handling flexibility and extended lift capability, including heavy cargo and space components.


“Port Canaveral has added a new dimension to our harbor and cargo management capability,” said port CEO Capt. John Murray. “We’re excited to bring ashore this versatile, state-of-the-art crane to help the port better meet the needs of a growing Central Florida economy. This kind of equipment gives the Port wide ranging deployment options to service current and future cargo demands.”

The crane was shipped in three pieces, with the 190ft long jib and counterweights stowed separately
The crane was shipped in three pieces, with the 190ft long jib and counterweights stowed separately

More than 6.4 Mt of cargo passed through the port’s 10 berths in 2018, a 6.9% increase over the previous year. Cargo tonnage is expected to climb another 2.7% this year.


The port recently modernised North Cargo Berths 1 and 2, adding new concrete decks, marine fenders, bollards and concrete curbs. In addition, the port is transforming North Cargo Berth 8 into a multi-purpose cargo berth capable of handling heavy and oversized cargo. The US$17.9 million project to construct a new bulkhead, extend the berth’s pier and pave upland should be completed this summer.


The LHM 600 supplied to Port Canaveral has a self-weight of 540 tonnes (1.19M lbs). With a maximum lift capacity of 154t and maximum outreach of 190ft, it will be used for all kinds of cargo, including heavy lift project such as spacecraft components. For container handling, it can reach across 18 rows when containers stacked are stacked 9-high on deck. Maximum lifting height is 148 feet.


A 972-kilowatt diesel engine provides power to the crane, which is fitted with Liebherr Pactronic drive.


The crane’s initial home will be at North Cargo Berth 5. Eventually, the crane will also be used at North Cargo Berths 6 and 8 where needed.

SAL offloading the cranes in Ravenna using beams to spread the lift angle
SAL offloading the cranes in Ravenna using beams to spread the lift angle

Liebherr has previously explained to WorldCargo News how each mobile harbour crane shipment is analysed in detail with the carrier and discussed with the client.


In another recent shipment in the past week, a SAL heavy lift ship transported two cranes for Liebherr, a LHM 550 and a LHM 600 to the Port of Ravenna fully-erect with the boom attached from Rostock.


The LHM 600 joins an identical crane deivered to SAPIR’s Darsena San Vitale two years ago, while the LHM 550 will be used by SAPIR affiliate Terminal Nord. There will be more on this in the January edition of WorldCargo News.


Between them the two cranes, each supplied with a 23 m3 grab as well as cargo hook and spreader, represent an investment of €7M.

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