Global Ports operates two new Liebherr mobile cranes at VSC terminal

Global Ports puts in service two heavy-duty LHM550

Global Ports Group has commissioned two mobile harbour cranes Liebherr LHM550 at the group’s Far Eastern terminal Vostochnaya Stevedoring Company (VSC) located in the deep-water Port of Vostochniy in Primorskiy krai, Russia.  

The new heavy-duty equipment supplements the operation of VCS’s five STS-cranes, enhancing the speed and efficiency of vessel handling and allowing for an increase of berth annual capacity by 200,000 TEU.

The harbour cranes were custom-built for Global Ports in Germany and delivered pre-assembled to VSC by sea.  

The machines have a lifting capacity of 144 tonnes and can operate in three regimes: hook, spreader, and grab mode.

Each crane has a maximum outreach of 54 metres, allowing it to handle vessels with up to 16 rows of containers.  

Similar equipment is already in use at Global Ports’ Petrolesport terminal in Saint Petersburg.

In the first quarter of 2023, the container throughput of VSC increased by 17.3 per cent compared to the first quarter of 2022 and amounted to 146,000 TEU.

Global Ports has implemented an investment programme to increase terminal capacity in the Far East.

This year, VSC has already received two new SANY reachstackers, and two more ‘super heavy’ loaders are expected to be delivered.

From the second half of 2022 to May 2023, the Group has redistributed about 30 equipment units from North-West terminals to the Far East, including RTGs, straddle carriers, reachstackers, and tractors. 

In 2023 to 2024, nine new RTG and RMG cranes by China’s leading manufacturer ZPMC will join the fleet of VSC.

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In September 2022, Global Ports began an expansion project at VSC to develop the 47-hectare site adjacent to the terminal.

Two container berths, storage areas, and a new railway front are planned to be built on the area.

The project will increase the throughput capacity of VSC from the current 700,000 TEU to 1.7 million TEU per year by the mid-2030s.

Earlier in the year, CMA Terminals and Global Ports agreed to a cash free shares swap as part of CMA CGM Group’s divestment of shares in Russia.

More recently, Global Ports announced it is establishing its own fleet of 4,000 specialised containers that will be used for the transportation, storage, and handling of bulk cargo.

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