India’s ports are handling increasing volumes of trade. The country’s economy is currently growing at a rate of 6% a year, second only to China. Since entering the Indian market in 2004, Liebherr has delivered 20 MHCs in total, making it the market leader on the sub-continent.
Cranes are deployed at six ports along the west coast of India (Mormugao/Goa, Mangalore, Dolvi/Mumbai, Hazira, Mundra and Kandla), two on the east coast (Visakhapatnam and Haldia) and at the Port of Calcutta in West Bengal. They include LHM 500, LHM 400, LHM 320 and LHM 250 models.
Liebherr cranes are particularly suited to Indian ports, says the company, not just because of their flexibility but also due to their undercarriage design. With the modular construction of the travelling and support system, characteristics such as pad sizes, supporting base and the number of axle sets can be modified to redistribute ground pressure. This is particularly important as many Indian ports have stringent quay-load restrictions.