In October the fifth Liebherr mobile supplied to customers in Mexico started operation in the port of Manzanillo. The new LHM 550 joins the container handling fleet of Operadora de la Cuenza del Pacifico (OCUPA) and is the biggest container handling mobile harbour crane in the port with a 54m outreach.
Another LHM 550 has already proved its capabilities with Terminales Portuarias del Pacífico (TPP), in the port of Lázaro Cárdenas on Mexico’s Pacific coast. The bulk terminal opened in the spring 2012 and features a new LHM 550 in four rope grab configuration. The crane has a maximum lifting capacity of 75 tonnes in grab operation and is equipped with a 38 cubic meter clamshell grab for handling bulk materials like iron ore and coal.
The crane’s drivers rely on Cycoptronic crane control system, which automatically initiates dynamic counterbalancing movements and equalises transverse as well as longitudinal sway of the load while operating at maximum speed, to maximise performance. Additionally, the crane drivers are able to achieve even higher levels of productivity by using Liebherr’s Teach-In point-to-point control for semiautomatic operation.
In June this year the Guatemalan operator Caribe Gru took delivery of Liebherr’s newest crane model, the type LHM 420. The quays in the port of Santo Tomás de Castilla required special adaptations of the crane’s chassis in order to better distribute load and lower the pressures on the berths. These modifications included additional axles and special supporting pad arrangements.
In Colombia, Sociedad Portuaria Regional de Barranquilla (SPRB) has ordered two LHM 420 mobiles for container handling. Liebherr’s data transmission and crane analysing system LiDAT will be installed on both machines allowing for instant support by a Liebherr service engineer and comprehensive analyses of the complete handling process in order to continuously increase efficiency.
Earlier this year two LHM 550s were delivered to APM Terminals Callao in Peru while more recently, another Peruvian operator, Terminales Portuaria Euroandinos in Paita, took delivery of two LHM 550 cranes. In a further recent order Triunfo Operadora Portuária in Brazil took delivery of one LHM 550 and one LHM 600 unit. This LHM 600 in four rope configuration is claimed to be the strongest bulk handling crane of its type in the Americas.
Also this year LIebherr mobiles have been handed over to San Vicente Terminal Internacional in Chile; Terminal Zarate and APM Terminals –Terminal 4 in Argentina; and Montecon in Uruguay. The latter is now operating a powerful LHM 600 unit.