Antwerp Container Terminal (ACOT), a member of the SEA-invest group, has placed an order for two Liebherr ship-to-shore (STS) cranes.
The two new STS cranes are identical to an STS delivered to ACOT in 2020 with an outreach of 60 m, a span of 30 m, a backreach of 25 m and a lift height over rail of 46 m.
Each crane also has a safe working load of 65 tonnes under a twin lift spreader as well as unique offset primary rocking beams to allow flexibility into future operations and can operate on quays with a span of 30.48 m as well as 30 m.
The new cranes will sit on the 900 m long deep-water berth which will allow ACOT to handle super-postpanamax vessels with up to 22 rows across the deck.
As one of the world’s largest terminal operators, SEA-invest has established a worldwide reputation in the fields of stevedoring, warehousing and other port related activities in no less than 35 ports spread across two continents.
At Antwerp, SEA-invest initially focused on bulk activities but the acquisition of a container terminal from Independent Marine Terminal in 2016 laid the groundwork for what was to become ACOT.
ACOT has continued to grow since its inauguration and the new Liebherr machines will complement the older STS cranes that came with the initial purchase of the terminal.
David Griffin, Liebherr Container Cranes managing director, said: “As SEA-invest grows and develops in container handling, Liebherr is pleased to be able to continue the journey with them.
“SEA-invest has counted on Liebherr for their stevedoring operations and are accustomed to the quality, reliability and productivity that Liebherr cranes can bring.”
Container throughput at the Port of Antwerp has continued to grow year-on-year, with volumes up 1.3% in 2020 driven by a strong second half despite the pandemic.
The new cranes at ACOT will help to grow the terminal’s container throughput and Griffin added that he “looks forward to seeing the three Liebherr STS at the centre of ACOT’s operations for many years to come.”