New €3.5m crane boosts capacity at BelviewPosted: November 13 2019
South East Port Services, who provide stevedoring, warehousing and ships agency services to shipping and client companies at the Port of Waterford in Belview, have boosted their cargo handling capacity by investing in a new mobile harbour crane with an innovative design that reduces its carbon footprint.
The Liebherr LHM 280 was purpose-built for the company by Liebherr in Rostock, Germany over a six-month period with South East Port Services closely involved throughout.
The crane weighs 240 tons and has a lifting capacity of 84 tons. The recent delivery (pictured right, after being driven from ship onto quays) also included a new clamshell grab that was customised for the crane. An existing Liebherr LHM 250 that the same company operates at Belview has discharged over 10m tons at the port. Both cranes will now operate side-by-side, pictured, also allowing for tandem lift capability where there are bespoke cargos – for instance in the renewable energy sector.
A €3.5m investment, the crane uses hybrid energy technologies that enable higher discharge speeds with smaller engine loads – thereby reducing the crane’s environmental impact as part of a wider drive towards more eco-friendly port activities.