Liebherr LHM 600 Crane boosts operation in Ports of New York, New Jersey

LHM 600 on the barge allows Sims Metal Management maximum flexibility by shipping the crane to different terminal.

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Liebherr says its Liebherr LHM 600 Mobile Harbour Crane is efficient and can tower by sea to appropriate terminal and is for operation in the shortest possible time.

Also, the LHM 600 mobile crane can move along the barge to reach further hatches without having to move the barge. On the other hand, operation from the barge means that no adjustments to the port infrastructure are necessary. The space gained at the quay edge can also be used as storage and operational space.

The LHM 600 crane, according to Liebherr, has boosted operation of Sims Metal Management in the Port of New York and New Jersey since November 2019. Sims Metal Management is using LHM 600 Crane to load scrap and unload salt. Sims Metal Management buys and processes scrap metal from businesses, other recyclers and the general public.

Liebherr noted that Sims Metal Management, one of the world’s leading metal recyclers, has placed its LHM 600 on a floating barge offering enormous flexibility in terms of location. The company operates two different terminals in the New York Harbour. In addition to a terminal in the Port of Newark Sims Metal Management also operates the terminal of Claremont in Jersey City, NJ, which is about 10 kilometres linear distance. Depending on requirements, the floating mobile harbour crane can be towed by sea to the appropriate terminal and is thus ready for operation in the shortest possible time.

Speaking on the features of the machine, Philipp Helberg of Liebherr-MCCtec Rostock GmbH, said ‘’Thanks to many years of experience and customer-oriented engineering, Liebherr mobile harbour crane technology sets new standards in innovation and quality. The Liebherr LHM 600 mobile harbour crane from Sims Metal Management is equipped with a 750 kW Liebherr diesel engine that complies with the latest Tier 4 final emissions standard. The crane is equipped with a maximum lifting capacity of up to 144 tonnes. In 4-rope grab operation, up to 75 tonnes are available – making the LHM 600 from Sims the most powerful Mobile Harbour Crane on a barge in the U.S.

‘’The Liebherr Pactronic hybrid system is installed as an additional power booster in the new machine from Sims Metal Management. Its main feature is an additional energy storage device, the accumulator. The accumulator is charged when the load is lowered and by surplus power from the conventional drive unit. The Liebherr Pactronic system is an impressive power amplifier. Both lifting and lowering speeds are significantly increased despite the fact that the primary power output remains the same.’’

Sims Metal Management also benefits from the Liebherr analysis software LiDAT smartApp. The smartApp is an IT-solution for the analysis and optimisation of cargo handling processes. With LiDAT smartApp it is possible to analyse crane data and initiate process improvements.

Liebherr-MCCtec Rostock GmbH is one of the leading European manufacturers of maritime material handling solutions. The product range comprises ship, mobile harbour and offshore cranes. Reachstackers and components for container cranes are also included in the product portfolio.

The Liebherr group comprises more than 140 companies on all continents and has over 48,000 employees. In 2019, Liebherr achieved a consolidated total turnover of around 11.7 billion euros. As a global, family-run technology business, Liebherr is not only one of the largest construction machine manufacturers in the world but is also recognized in many other sectors as a supplier of technically sophisticated products and services with a focus on customer benefit. Liebherr was founded in 1949 in Kirchdorf an der Iller in southern Germany.

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