Salerno Container Terminals (SCT) has obtained a fifth Liebherr mobile harbour crane, LHM 600 HR, building upon a partnership that began around 2017.
This new crane strengthens an existing fleet of two LHM 800 and two LHM 600 cranes.
It will focus on container operations and is planned for 24/7 operation.
The crane’s reliability and flexibility, as well as trust in the provided service, were among the main reasons for the customer to continue investing in Liebherr equipment.
The Salerno Container Terminal is a maritime gateway connecting worldwide container shipping networks to South and Central Italy’s import and export markets.
It operated the first container vessel in 1977 and today ranks among the top Italian port facilities, supplying more than 40 per cent of the country’s consumer population.
The new crane is outfitted with a tower extension of 12 metres.
Cranes of this variety benefit from a better view of the cargo/containers, thanks to a higher cabin, which is at 37.1 metres in case of the new crane.
The pivot point is also higher, allowing for larger ships to be served. With the crane’s extended range, more container rows can be accommodated.
The new crane also features VDL twin-lift spreaders with a capacity of 2 x 32.5 tonnes. The crane is thereby strong enough to lift two containers simultaneously, allowing for notably efficient operations in container handling.
The order was completed in November and delivered to SCT on 29 December, 2022.
Liebherr has been carrying out lift height extensions for many years, but in 2022, a new patented jacking system for lift height extensions was deployed at the Brisbane terminal for its first use.
Speaking on this recent development, President of Salerno Container Terminal, Agostino Gallozzi, said: “The so-called connectivity index is becoming increasingly important, that is, the number of different markets in the world with respect to which the port can guarantee a maritime connection in favour of local companies.
“Our use of Liebherr mobile harbour cranes has been invaluable in maintaining a strong operational efficiency and commercial capacity. And our continued investment in these machines has helped us achieve targeted growth and maintain a much stronger connectivity index.”
The new LHM 600 HR will provide reinforcement on its quay for container handling and is planned for continuous operation.
The mobile harbour crane has an outreach of 58 metres and is another strong asset to SCT’s port infrastructure, which is supported by four other Liebherr mobile harbour cranes to date.
Two of those cranes can service Post-Panamax vessels and are able to handle up to 22 container rows across, equating to 15,000 TEU capacity vessels.
SCT’s development with Liebherr comes months after the Port of Hueneme welcomed a new electric-hybrid crane as part of a $7 million spending spree by Ports America stevedoring.