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Italy’s LSCT prepares to be ‘big-ship’ ready

  • Two STS cranes on order for La Spezia Container Terminal

Italy’s La Spezia Container Terminal (LSCT) and MGM- Officine Meccaniche Galileo (OMG) have signed a contract for the purchase of two ship-to-shore (STS) cranes.

The cranes, boasting a 23-container row reach, will enable the Contship Italia Group-owned terminal to handle the world’s largest ocean carriers, including those with a capacity of 18,000 TEU, in both single and twin lift mode.

Prior to purchase, MGM-OMG developed a customised crane design to comply with LCST’s technical requirements and specifications. This took into account the interaction between the quay and RMG transfer to and from the stacking area.

“This order is yet another step of the development plan by which La Spezia Container Terminal will shortly generate new opportunities in terms of additional berth length, yard and improved operational capacity,” said LSCT’s managing director, Michele Giromini.

The overall project was developed in cooperation with the US-based engineering consultant company Liftech Consultants, while the cranes, scheduled for delivery in 18 months time, will be manufactured and erected in Qingdao by China Shipbuilding Trading (WUHAN) Co. Ltd. and Haixa Heavy-Duty Machinery Co. Ltd. the cranes will be tested in China before being transport3ed by sea to LSCT’s quayside.

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