Terminal du Grand Ouest scales new heights with Liebherr


French operator Terminal du Grand Ouest (TGO) has opted for its first Liebherr mobile harbour crane.

TGO acted to countenance increasing business demand and additional crane capacity had become vital for progression.

They required a powerful and versatile machine to meet the multiple services TGO offers, and consequently, the Liebherr LHM 550 mobile harbour crane proved the optimum design.

“The LHM 550 helps us to develop our heavy-lift cargo handling and scrap metal business, especially in terms of loading heavier parts and larger vessels. The crane offers a lifting capacity up to 144 tonnes, which is unique in this region,” says Ilyasse Aksil, CEO of TGO.

The LHM 550 was manufactured and pre-tested at Liebherr’s production site in Rostock, it arrived in the port of Montoir de Bretagne/Saint-Nazaire, where TGO is the single container and breakbulk terminal operator, in January this year.

The LHM 550 made its towering presence felt immediately by hauling a massive sterilisation chamber in four separate 91-tonne pieces.

“We are optimistic that this investment in advanced port equipment will also attract new customers, since we have expanded our service portfolio while maintaining the high quality standards TGO stands for” adds Ilyasse Aksil.

TGO’s purchase of the LHM 550 is symbolic of an expanding Liebherr Group, the Swiss-based German giant continues to develop into and beyond the maritime crane industry since its 1949 inception, delivering its 1,000th mobile harbour crane to the Atlantic Coast in 2012.

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