Liebherr Maritime Cranes says it recently delivered the first rail mounted gantry harbour crane to North Carolina Port, the United States of America.
Liebherr said 0North Carolina Ports (NCP) opted for a Liebherr LPS 420 with a special designed curve running gear for its terminal at the Port of Morehead City.
Speaking on the specification of the machine, Philipp Helberg of Liebherr Maritime Cranes said the special design of NCP’s terminal required the crane to be ready for operation at all quay edges of the rectangular terminal. To ensure this, the rail-mounted gantry crane was equipped with a special curve running gear. This allows the crane to travel through a 90 degree bend with an inner curve radius of 90 metres.
Paul J. Cozza, North Carolina Ports Executive Director, according to Philipp Helberg, LPS 420 rail-mounted gantry crane at the Port of Morehead City represents North Carolina Ports’ commitment to investing in the future and long-term success of the Port.
“The addition of the new LPS 420 rail-mounted gantry crane at the Port of Morehead City represents North Carolina Ports’ commitment to investing in the future and long-term success of the Port, its customers and the North Carolina economy. The new crane will enable us to more efficiently handle a diverse range of cargoes and ultimately better meet customer demand,” said Paul J. Cozza, North Carolina Ports Executive Director
Helberg noted that the Port of Morehead City is a breakbulk and bulk facility, is one of the deepest on the United States East Coast, and it’s just four miles from the Atlantic Ocean. ‘’Therefore, the new LPS 420 is equipped as a multi-purpose crane and will be used by North Carolina Ports mainly for handling grain and fertilizer. It is also used for various project cargoes, including parts of wind turbines, trains and rails. The crane was shipped fully assembled which means no time-consuming assembly was required on site and the crane was ready for operation shortly after unloading,’’ he said.
North Carolina’s ports in Wilmington and Morehead City and Charlotte Inland Port link the state’s consumers, business and industry to world markets and serve as magnets to attract new business and industry to the State of North Carolina. Port activities contribute statewide to more than 87,700 jobs and $678 million each year in state and local tax revenues.