Port of Dover operates Liebherr HVO-powered harbour cranes

Port of Dover operates Liebherr LHM harbour cranes

The Port of Dover is using two Liebherr mobile harbour cranes to bolster logistical operations.

The cranes are operating on Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) made of 100 per cent renewable raw materials – a UK first.

The two Liebherr mobile harbour cranes – LHM 280 and LHM 550 – were installed at Port of Dover to strengthen multi-purpose cargo handling equipment.

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The LHM 550 is the larger of the pair, able to lift 104 tonnes and with a maximum reach of 54 metres, while its smaller stablemate has an 84-tonne lift capacity and will reach out to 40 metres.

The two cranes can work in wind speeds of up to a Force 9 severe gale (75-88 kilometres/hour), meaning vessels can be unloaded all year round in nearly all-weather conditions.

Liebherr relies on HVO as an alternative fuel. Its manufacture is climate-neutral and generates fewer emissions during its use than a machine operated with fossil diesel fuel.

According to the company, during the life cycle of a product the greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) can be lowered by up to 90 per cent if the machine is fuelled with Neste MY Renewable Diesel (= HVO 100) instead of fossil diesel.

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“Since our new terminal in the Western Docks opened just over a year and a half ago, our business has flourished,” said Karen Hayes, General Manager at Port of Dover Cargo.

“We have continued to adapt to the latest technologies and techniques, enabling the team to process every range of cargo in the industry and expand our customer base even further.”

The eco-friendly equipment directly supports the port’s drive towards achieving its decarbonisation targets.

In August, Liebherr introduced its first ever all-electric transshipment crane.

The new all-electric crane CBG 500 E expands the transshipment solutions portfolio with a reliable machine that offers a handling performance of up to 2,000 tonnes per hour.

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