A custom-designed Liebherr LHM 600 mobile harbour crane (MHC) is in operation at Port Canaveral, enabling the efficient handling of all kinds of heavy cargo including space components as well as containers.
The unit, which is the largest MHC in the US with a lifting capacity of 154 tonnes and 58 m boom reach, has been in operation at Canaveral Port Authority since the beginning of 2019.
The machine is equipped with a double layer winch and a special tower extension that allows a maximum lifting height of up to 70 m.
Port Canaveral CEO Captain John Murray said that the flexibility of a Liebherr MHC made it more attractive for the port than a fixed crane.
He stated: “The current technology in the MHC has hydraulics where you can control everything from the cabin, just like you can on a rail-mounted gantry, but you have further possibilities.
“The space industry is landing more vehicles offshore on platforms and bringing them back to the port, so we needed a crane that could lift that kind of cargo. It has to handle both the weight and height of the rocket booster. The new crane can even service ships at the port’s cruise terminal.”
Winston Ziegler, senior sales manager for Liebherr Maritime Cranes and Reachstackers for the US, said: “We were able to adapt the LHM 600 with the double-layer winch which provides the special lifting height to unload the space components.
“This crane provides Port Canaveral flexibility for all their upcoming operations including that it is also capable of going 18 containers wide.”