YouTube user Joris Cleiren from Belgium has uploaded a new video of him loading containers on a Grimaldi ConRo ship at the Port of Antwerp with a boom camera on a Liebherr LHM 550 Mobile Harbour Crane.
When asked about his role, Cleiren replied: “Our terminal (AET) is specialised in ConRo ships. Grimaldi, ACL and Finnlines berth our terminal weekly and gives us, as a crane operator, a very challenging job. We lift containers, all kind of cargo and heavy lifts up to 225 tonnes.”
The video has so far attracted the attention of quite a few crane enthusiasts, who have commented on the skill involved:
One user said: “That looks difficult – nice job done there. A huge box hanging in a string very far away… to be put into a slot about the same size as the box – matching up exactly with the corners of the box already there…. I get sweaty palms just thinking about it.”
Cleiren replied: “…I really like this kind of jobs with the LHM, every ship is loaded different. This makes my job very challeging!”
Another user commented: “This Camera is a truly “Mano de Dios!” Nice job! ”
Cliren added: “The camera is more an indication of how far I have to boom out. It is to wiggeling and low Quality to work accurate. My Foreman is helping me through the radios!”
Liebherr Maritime Cranes recently reported on its very own “Italian Job” after delivering a total of nine mobile harbour cranes, four reachstackers, three rail mounted gantry cranes and one ship-to-shore container crane to various ports in the country during 2016, breaking its record for maritime equipment deliveries.
There was a recent shipment of bananas to the Port of Antwerp from Suriname on the CMA CGM vessel Pointe des Colibris, which were delivered to the Belgian New Fruit Wharf (BNFW) terminal.