Terminal Pacífico Sur Valparaiso (TPS), a major container terminal located on the South Pacific coast of Chile, is awaiting the arrival of a new Liebherr mobile harbour crane LHM 800 and two new Liebherr ship-to-shore gantry cranes.
The terminal is one of the most efficient terminals in the region, with TPS, part of Ultramar Group and Contug Terminals (MSC), working in an area of over 14 hectares composed of five berths.
This results in it handling an average of one million TEUs each year.
TPS decided to order a Liebherr mobile harbour crane type LHM 800 to meet the needs of their customers, especially in the peak fruit harvest season.
It is due to arrive on either October 4 or 5, 2017.
In the year 2016, 96% of TPS cargo was in containers, with general cargo forming the remaining movement.
Nearly 90% of cargo coming through Valparaíso is processed through TPS, which amounts to over 10.3 million tonnes per year.
This means that a lot of different fruit is harvested, packed and shipped in a short time period, requiring reliable port equipment to ensure fast export to North America, Asia or Europe.
The new machine has a maximum lifting capacity of 154 tonnes, an outreach of 64 metres and a tower extension that provides an additional 9.6 metres of eye level for the operator.
This allows the worker to see at a total height of more than 40 metres.
The LHM 800 can service vessels with up to 22 container rows across, depending on the terminal set up.
Dutch company Rolldock has shipped the LHM 800 by roll-on, roll-off (RoRo) vessel, displayed by Liebherr in the video above, so that the crane could roll fully assembled onto the vessel 'Rolldock Sky' in Rostock, Germany and depart in the same manner after a 13,000-kilometre journey to Valparaíso, Chile.
This means that TPS needs no other cranes to unload the new machine and that the LHM 800 is ready for operation in a very short time.
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In 2015, Terminal Pacífico Sur Valparaiso took delivery of three ship-to-shore container cranes (STS) from Irish based Liebherr Container Cranes.
The cranes had an outreach of 62 metres and a safe working load of 65 tonnes under twin lift spreader.
These cranes were the largest container cranes that Liebherr ever manufactured for the west coast of South America at that time.