Credit: Canaveral Port Authority
Liebherr, a provider of lifting solutions, has delivered a 270-foot-tall mobile harbour crane to Port Canaveral, Florida: the largest of its kind in the US.
The huge LHM 600 crane arrived at the port on January 18, 2018 aboard the “Happy Dover”, a heavy load carrier.
When the new machine becomes operational, during the second quarter of 2019, it will join two 270-foot-tall ship-to-shore cranes that have been in service at Canaveral since 2014.
According to a statement, the Canaveral Port Authority purchased the mobile harbour crane to accommodate the Port’s growing cargo throughput, as well as adding handling flexibility and extended lift capability.
Captain John Murray, Port Canaveral CEO, commented: “Port Canaveral has added a new dimension to our harbour and cargo management capability.
“We’re excited to bring ashore this versatile, state-of-the-art crane to help the port better meet the needs of a growing Central Florida economy.
“This kind of equipment gives the Port wide ranging deployment options to service current and future cargo demands.”
COLOSSAL CRANE ARRIVES: A 270-foot-tall mobile harbor crane billed as the largest in the United States sails into Port Canaveral aboard the cargo vessel Happy Dover on Friday morning. The 87-foot-long, 1.1-million-pound Liebherr LHM 600 is set to go into service later this year. pic.twitter.com/51DP8Hdb0w
— Port Canaveral (@PortCanaveral) January 18, 2019
As part of an infrastructure project to maximize existing bulkhead space, and accommodate more cargo, Canaveral recently modernized its North Cargo Berths 1 and 2.
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In addition to this, the port has launched a US$17.9 million project to turn North Cargo Berth 8 into a multi-purpose cargo berth, capable of handling heavy and oversized cargo.
While the crane will initially be put into service at North Cargo Berth 5, it is expected to be used at North Cargo Berths 6 and 8 in the future.