Liebherr Harbour Maritime Crane – LHMC – says harbor cranes can undergo refurbishment after use. So there is no any reason port terminals should throw away such machine but rather have them refurbished at its specialised department – Liebherr Maritime Service Factory, in Rostock, Germany.
LHMC, a subsidiary of Liebherr Group, said it has begun since 2015 a specialised department, namely the Liebherr Maritime Service Factory, dealing exclusively with refurbishment projects in a press release made available to PortNews in Lagos. .
According to the release, “this department carries out extensive renovation work on used products from the whole range of Liebherr maritime products, without direct dependence on the manufacture of new products. Service activities extend from the repair and exchange of single parts and components up to the complete overhaul of machines with a high number of operating hours.”
The Group said the latest overhauling project was a mobile harbour crane type LHM 180 built in 2008 which was used under permanent load for the last nine years in the harbour of Figueira de Foz, Portugal.
“The machine was delivered from its former owner to Liebherr in Rostock in April 2015. Upon the arrival at Liebherr-MCCtec Rostock GmbH, the mobile harbour crane passed through a profound restoration in various components of the machine. Extensive overhauls and optimisations were carried out on the steel construction of the undercarriage, the slewing platform and the tower.
“The whole overhauling process including refurbishment of electrical parts took twelve month and involved a team comprising 30 Liebherr employees. After finishing the overhaul, the mobile harbour crane was bought by Petrokemija d.o.o. in Croatia where it was assembled and put back into service by the middle of March 2017. The LHM 180 has a maximum outreach of 35 metres and a maximum capacity of 35 tonnes (grab operation) and is now used for bulk and general cargo handling in the port of Sibenik/ Croatia. Such successful overhauling projects prove both the efficiency of the Liebherr Maritime Service Factory in Rostock as well as the quality of Liebherr maritime products,” stated the release.
Given reason for increases in demand for overhauls, Liebherr has this to say “eventually, every machine achieves a certain amount of operating hours and the owner has to decide whether to overhaul the existing machine or buy a new one. The purchase of a second-hand or overhauled machine is often an inexpensive and economic alternative. Despite low investment, no concessions need to be made in terms of quality of manufacture, customer services and support, or safe operation of the machine.
“Additionally, it is ensured that the machine fulfills the proven quality requirements of a Liebherr product, as there is no dealer or external repair service involved. Overhauling existing equipment is also an ideal solution for operating companies that value familiar technology and rely on personnel that is specifically trained for the operation of existing machines, as no additional resources are required for adjustment processes. The increasing attractiveness of overhauled cargo handling machines and components is reflected in the order situation of the Liebherr Maritime Service Factory in Rostock.”
Liebherr said since 2013 the number of orders for part and general overhauls on maritime products from Liebherr has more than doubled. And by 2016, nine overhaul projects were completed in Rostock.