Harbour crane investment at Emden

Liebherr mobile harbour cranes type LHM 420 Liebherr mobile harbour cranes type LHM 420

The German port handling company EPAS recently received two new Liebherr mobile harbour cranes type LHM 420. Both cranes together can handle up to 248 tonnes in tandem lift operation. The two devices will further improve the logistic process at the Nordkai terminal in Emden, Germany.

Mobile harbour cranes have a long tradition for Ems Ports Agency & Stevedoring (EPAS) Beteiligungs GmbH & Co. KG in Emden, Germany. To further increase the turnover capacity, the German port company invested in high-end mobile harbour crane technology from Liebherr. At the end of 2017 EPAS received two new Liebherr machines, type LHM 420, from the Liebherr maritime headquarter in Rostock, Germany. Each crane has a maximum lifting capacity of 124 tonnes at an outreach of up to 18 metres.

Lieberr claims that his valuable investment will significantly improve the logistic processes at the Nordkai terminal in Emden. The main driver in the decision process was the capability to do twin lift operation. Liebherr convinced with its Sycratronic synchronised lifting assist system. The system makes it possible to operate two Liebherr cranes in tandem mode. A crane operator controls the movement of both machines that are electronically synchronised.

While manual tandem lifts have to be restricted to 75% of the crane's capacity, Sycratronic guarantees 100% utilisation of the maximum load capacity. In tandem lift operation EPAS can now lift up goods weighting up to 248 tonnes.

By Jake Frith

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