Australian-based Northern Stevedoring Services (NSS) has placed an order for a Liebherr mobile harbour crane, an LHM 420, to operate on Berth 3 and 4 in the Port of Townsville, Queensland.
The company’s stevedoring operations span all of regional Queensland’s major port facilities. The new crane is the third LHM for NSS, which already operates an LHM 550 and an LHM 1300.
The new unit comes with double supporting pads and software to assist in meeting the quay limitations, along with the manufacturer’s Cycoptronic anti-sway system and a twinlift spreader. It is also fitted to operate with the Rotabox system for dust-free high-value mineral handling.
“It’s taken a few months to get quay approval,” said general manager Chris Ullett. “The quay has many restrictions, but between the port authority, Liebherr and ourselves, we finally made it work.”
The latest unit brings Liebherr Maritime Cranes’ mobile harbour crane tally for Australia up to 10 in the last 18 months, with two for Fremantle, one for Bunbury, Geraldton, Port Hedland and Darwin, three for Henderson and now one for Townsville.