Liebherr has provided two LHM 180 mobile harbour cranes (MHCs) for use at India’s first inland waterway terminal in Varanasi.
Located in northern India, 780 km east of the capital Delhi, the facility is the first of four multimodal terminals being constructed on India’s largest river, the Ganga.
The equipment, which handled India’s first container cargo transported on inland waterways, was initially sold to one of the top Indian infrastructure development companies, Afcons Infrastructure.
Both cranes have a 390 kW diesel engine, a maximum outreach of 35 m and provide a maximum lifting capacity of 64 tonnes in a four-rope configuration.
Three other terminals are under construction at Sabhibganj, Haldia and Gazipur as part of the World Bank-aided Jal Marg Vikas project of the Inland Waterways Authority of India.
The project will enable commercial navigation of vessels with capacity of 1,500-2,000 deadweight tonnage (DWT) on the river Ganga.
Sunil Kalra, head of the maritime division of Liebherr India, said that the company was “honoured” to be a part of the infrastructure project.
He added: “We also hope that Liebherr cranes will be used for the efficient container handling of the other planned inland terminals in Sahibganj, Haldia and Gazipur.”
The Varanasi terminal was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who also welcomed the first container vessel MV Rabindranath Tagore which carried cargo to Varanasi from Kolkata.