Thursday , 19 September 2019
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Karmsund Havn IKS purchases mobile harbour crane from Liebherr

Liebherr and Karmsund Havn IKS have signed a contract for a Liebherr LHM 550 unit, which will become the biggest mobile harbour crane in Norway.

The machine, which has a maximum lifting capacity of up to 154 tonnes and a maximum outreach of 54 m, can  be operated with diesel or electric motors and will mainly be used for container handling.

The order comes in preparation for January 2019 when a new container terminal and a new roll-on roll-off (ro-ro) terminal will be opened at Haugesund Cargo Terminals, Husøy.

It is hoped that the facility will be an important logistics hub for western Norway and will be the country’s most modern port terminal.

The Karmsund Port Authority, which receives 50,000 port calls each year, has an option for four additional cranes until 2023.

Tore Gautesen, port director in Karmsund, said: “”The new crane will become a prominent landmark in the region. The LHM 550 will be visible both from the air and from the sea when passing Husøy.

“The most important parameters for our decision in favour of Liebherr were capacity, technical structure, manoeuvrability and an overall assessment of technology and environmental compatibility.”

The crane, which will run on electricity, will be able to operate the entire dock area at Husøy, and is equipped for handling containers, bulk cargo and project loads.

The new crane was sold with a Liebherr service contract, which includes short response times and fast delivery of spare parts if required.