Port Elizabeth acquires new Leibherr LHM 600 cranes for citrus season

Liebherr LHM 600 Cranes

Liebherr MCCtec says the two new LHM 600 cranes Port Elizabeth Container Terminal (PECT) in South Africa ordered for have arrived and delivered at the terminal after a 20-day journey from Rostock, Germany.

Philipp Helberg of Liebherr-MCCtec Rostock GmbH, Germany, made this known to PortNews. He said the new Liebherr mobile harbour crane technology arrived timely as Port Elizabeth Container Terminal was preparing for the citrus fruit harvest. The cranes would be used by PECT in handling citrus cargo.

Helberg noted that the Acting Chief Executive of Transnet Port Terminal, Michelle Phillips was excited about the new cranes as she expressed optimism that the machine would make the company provide efficient cargo delivery to its customers and the industry.

Helberg quoted Michelle Phillips as saying “Having lost an entire crane due to gale force winds really set us back. The arrival of these two modern cranes will ensure that our promise to the industry is realised. The cranes arrived at a critical time when our company’s nationwide terminals are giving priority to the movement of much needed goods in the Eastern Cape, South Africa and abroad.

 “We are at the start of the 2020 citrus season and we are very pleased that we are able to contribute positively towards the growth of this economy, especially during these challenging times.”

On the technological efficiency of the two cranes, Helberg has this to say ‘’Modern and highly efficient, the two Liebherr mobile harbour cranes, type LHM 600, have multi use capability, can lift up to 104 tons and move up and down the quayside according to berth activity. They are designed for versatile and efficient cargo handling.

’’ Both Liebherr mobile harbour cranes are multi-purpose machines. They’re also expected to benefit the automotive and the agricultural bulk sectors at the terminal. Due to their outstanding mobility they can move up and down the quayside according to berth activity, which allows them to handle New Panamax container and Capesize bulk vessels alike.

On simulator for training, Michelle Phillips said “An operator simulator has been onsite for the past month with Liebherr providing training to our employees. The LiSIM training simulator was part of our purchase arrangement – and we are quite impressed with the improved skills our employees are demonstrating.”

She added that both customers and employees had been looking forward to these two pieces of equipment, which arrived as semi assembled units. “We look forward to the commissioning of these cranes and to an improved operation in the PECT”.

The Port Elizabeth Terminal has been in operation since 1963. It’s one of the largest exporters of manganese in the country. It is also an automotive hub for the Eastern Cape Region.

Helberg said ‘’The cranes are part of a large equipment investment and are a response to industry calls for equipment that will improve performance across the operations of Transnet Port.’’

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