Liebherr delivers first batch of mobile harbor cranes to Durban Port

 18 May 2012 01.27pm

  • TPT takes delivery of two cranes for use at its Durban Ro-Ro and Maydon Wharf Terminal

  • Liebherr will deliver a further four cranes as part of a R438 million programme to boost Durban's container capacity

Transnet Port Terminals (TPT), the South African port operator, has taken delivery of two new mobile harbor cranes from Liebherr Werk Nenzing for its container facility in Durban.

The two cranes are part of a R438 million programme to boost container handling capacity at the Durban Ro-Ro and Maydon Wharf Terminal.

The LHM550C cranes, among a fleet of six ordered from Liebherr, arrived on board the MV Trina vessel earlier this month.

Two more cranes are scheduled to arrive in June with the remaining two cranes arriving in November.

The new mobile harbor cranes boast a lifting capacity of 140 tonnes and will be the first to enable TPT to handle 18 container rows across deck through a 54 metre boom. They will also allow TPT to test Liebherr’s new hybrid technology known as Pactronic, which improves load lifting, lowers speeds, and reduces both fuel consumption and gas emissions by 30 percent.


The Durban Ro-Ro and Maydon Wharf Terminal handles predominantly break-bulk and Ro-Ro cargo. However, the terminal has been earmarked to handle some of the 400 000 TEU of container traffic diverted from Durban Container Terminal’s (DCT) Pier 2 per annum, while berths undergo deepening and refurbishment over the next five and a half years.

Equipment and maintenance is one aspect of TPT’s six-point plan to handle increased container cargo at Durban Ro-Ro and Maydon Wharf Terminal; the other focus points being: human resources, information technology, infrastructure, stakeholder engagement and change management, and planning.

  Container Handling, Mobile harbour cranes, Port Planning