Record installation of Liebherr crane at GT USA’s Canaveral Cargo Terminal

GT USA's Canaveral Cargo Terminal records the most heavy lift crane operations

GT USA’s Canaveral Cargo Terminal (CCT) has won a bid to receive and assemble one of Liebherr‘s biggest movable harbour cranes in the US at its terminal.

SAL Heavy Lift, a member of the Jumbo-SAL Alliance, transported the vessel Frauke to Port Canaveral over the course of five days.

The heavy lift project included multiple pieces of a Liebherr TCC-BOS 14000 crane, one of which weighed a GT record-breaking 680 metric tonnes and was tandem lifted off the vessel using the ship’s gear, with each crane having a safe working load of 700 metric tonnes.

Another record was broken when CCT deployed the boom of MHC, which was roughly 350 feet in length and was the largest piece of cargo discharged over the dock.

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This duty also includes aiding the manufacturer with the assembly of the crane’s key components utilising ship-board equipment.

Once fully completed, the new crane will remain at CCT’s site to support space industry activities in Port Canaveral, Florida.

Luke Richards, Managing Director of GT USA, said: “I was pleased to be joined by the cargo owners, shipping line representatives, manufacturers and the Canaveral Port Authority during the heavy lift vessel operations.

“A substantial amount of meticulous planning was invested by all parties involved to guarantee the safe and efficient unloading of these heavy pieces. Our experienced team demonstrated a hands-on and professional approach, effectively ensuring the safe unloading of all cargo.

“With the successful completion of this project, we showcase our commitment to improving our capacity and driving operation efficiencies at Canaveral Cargo Terminal and across Gulftainer’s portfolio.”

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Juan De Jesus, Director of Technical Services at Intermarine, the appointed Port Captain for the Shipping Line, stated: “A successful transport, discharge and installation operation were achieved due to extensive heavy lift experience and cooperation between SAL crew, Liebherr team and GT USA.

“Challenges were overcome while making great times and strengthening relationships onboard and ashore. We look forward to continue working with our partners in the future.”

In July, the Clean Canaveral liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunker barge finished its first barge-to-ship bunkering of a cargo vessel at Port Canaveral’s South Cargo Berth 4.

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