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Niedersachsen Ports on course of expansion with Liebherr Mobile Harbour Cranes
With two state-of-the-art Liebherr Mobile Harbour Cranes, Niedersachsen Ports works the switches for more turnover in their seaports Brake and Emden.
Within a short time frame, Niedersachsen Ports GmbH & Co. KG (NPorts) in Northern Germany ordered two Liebherr Mobile Harbour Cranes (LHM).
In Brake, NPorts has already successfully operated a LHM 500 for years. Hence the company decided to equip the Niedersachsenkai with the popular successor model, type LHM 550. The LHM 550 provides a maximum lifting capacity of 144 tonnes and an outreach of up to 54 metres. At maximum outreach the capacity is 40.9 tonnes.
Due to this second LHM in Brake, NPorts also offers high-capacity tandem lifts to its customers. In this regard, innovative technology from Liebherr plays a major role. Thanks to the installation of Sycratronic®, one crane operator can handle heavy loads of up to 284 tonnes. The new crane has started operation in May 2013. In Brake, NPorts mainly handles project cargo, heavy cargo and components for the wind power industry.
The NPorts branch in Emden was in need of a short delivery time. After the existing cranes had to be shut down at short notice, an alternative was urgently required. Liebherr was in the position to offer a delivery time of just 14 days ex works for its newest model, type LHM 420. In early April, the new crane was delivered to Emden fully assembled. Only a few days after arrival, the new crane was ready for operation. “Because of the urgent need the procurement of the new mobile harbour crane was quite challenging for all parties involved. We are pleased that everything worked out very smoothly, including the contract negotiations, the challenging unload of the crane at the Südkai, the installation of the LHM 420 and the training of the crane operators in Emden”, Dipl. Ing. Wilfried Schleusener, Project Manager Engineering, said, impressed by the professional collaboration.
The LHM 420 is equipped with two double winches and provides a maximum lifting capacity of 124 tonnes as well as a maximum outreach of 48 metres. At maximum outreach the capacity is 34.5 tonnes. Main tasks of the new machine include grab operation (SWL 75 tonnes), project cargo and break bulk.
Both Liebherr Mobile Harbour Cranes in Lower Saxony’s Emden and Brake are equipped with a powerful 670 kW diesel engine. Thanks to innovative eco-technology the fuel consumption is between 25 and 35 litres per operating hour (depending on application).
Niedersachsen Ports GmbH & Co. KG is owner and operator of five seaports, seven island supply ports and three regional ports on the German North Sea Coast. The company’s head office is in Oldenburg. Niedersachsen Ports manages the port infrastructure of the large seaports in Lower Saxony via its branches in Brake, Emden, Cuxhaven and Wilhelmshaven. The Norden branch is in charge of the island supply ports for the East Frisian Islands. Hence NPorts is the single contact for several German ports. On the one hand the ports of Nports are the foundation for manifold economic activities; on the other hand they connect the sea- and land-based transport. For that reason they represent essential links in the international supply chain.
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