Liebherr, a cargo handling solutions provider, has signed a contract with the Karmsund Port Authority, Norway, to deliver its LHM 550 mobile harbour crane.
With a maximum lifting capacity of up to 154 tonnes and a maximum outreach of 54 metres, this crane will be the largest and strongest mobile harbour crane in Norway.
According to a statement, the crane can be operated with diesel or electric motors, and will mainly be used for container handling.
In addition to this, the new equipment will arrive by sea completely assembled, and therefore ready for use when landing on Husøy.
Karmsund Port Authority is one of Norway`s largest port areas, with 13 million tonnes of goods and over 50,000 port calls each year.
In January 2019, a new container terminal will be opened at Haugesund Cargo Terminals, Husøy, and is expected to become an important logistics hub for the whole of western Norway.
To prepare for an increase in freight volume, Karmsund has chosen to invest in a new mobile harbour crane.
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Tore Gautesen, Port Director in Karmsund, said: “The new crane will become a prominent landmark in the region. The LHM 550 will be visible both from the air and from the sea when passing Husøy.
“We chose a supplier with a great design and state-of-the-art technology. The most important parameters for our decision in favour of Liebherr were capacity, technical structure, manoeuvrability and an overall assessment of technology and environmental compatibility.
“This is a great day for Karmsund Port, our customers, partners and the whole region. The crane will give the region completely new possibilities and will be a very important tool for creating increased activity.”