Mobile Cranes

Liebherr making strides in Latin America

Liebherr in Guatemala

The on-going economic development in Latin America is still driving the demand for advanced cargo handling equipment. In 2011 Liebherr set a new record delivering 16 mobile harbour cranes to Latin America.

2012 looks to be yet another very strong year for Liebherr in Latin America, with 15 LHMs delivered to date; while the fifth Liebherr mobile harbour crane supplied to Mexico started operation in Manzanillo.

The new LHM 550 further strengthens the container handling fleet of Operadora de la Cuenza del Pacifico, S.A. de C.V. (OCUPA) in Manzanillo, Mexico’s busiest port, achieving a throughout of 1.76 million TEUs in 2011.

The new LHM 550 represents the biggest container handling mobile harbour crane in Manzanillo with a 54 meter outreach. It is the second LHM for OCUPA, which has been operating its predecessor, a LHM 500, since 2009.

Another LHM 550 has already proved its capabilities in another port in Mexico. Terminales Portuarias del Pacífico S.A.P.I de C.V. (TPP), based in Lázaro Cárdenas, is located on Mexico’s Pacific coast. Due to strong economic development in Asian countries, Mexico’s ports on the west coast have benefited from additional business.

For that reason TPP built a new terminal in spring 2012, which specialises in handling bulk material like coal and iron ore as well as steel. At the inauguration ceremony of the new terminal in August 2012, Mr Felipe Calderón, the President of Mexico, underlined the importance of the new terminal: “It was indispensable to have a terminal specialised in bulk cargo, because it will provide greater competitiveness and speed to commerce and to the Mexican exports.”

A key element of this new terminal is the state-of-the-art LHM 550 in four rope grab configuration. The crane has a maximum lifting capacity of 75 tonnes in grab operation and is equipped with a 38 cubic meter clamshell grab for handling bulk material like iron ore and coal.

The crane drivers rely on Cycoptronic® crane control system, which automatically initiates dynamic counterbalancing movements and equalises transverse as well as longitudinal sway of the load while operating at maximum speed, to maximise performance. Additionally, the crane drivers are able to achieve even more turnover while using Liebherr’s teach-in point-to-point control for semi-automatic operation.

Founded in 1999, Caribe Gru S.A. started operation in the port of Santo Tomás de Castilla, Guatemala, with two LHM 320s. Due to positive business developments, additional capacity was required. For that reason Caribe Gru opted for two additional Liebherr mobile harbour cranes in 2006 and 2010. In June 2012, Caribe Gru received delivery of Liebherr’s newest crane model, type LHM 420.

The quays in the port of Santo Tomás de Castilla require special adaptions of the crane’s chassis in order to better distribute load and lower the pressures onto the berths. These modifications included additional axles and special supporting pad arrangements.

In Colombia, Sociedad Portuaria Regional de Barranquilla S.A. (SPRB) has ordered two LHM 420. The 124 tonnes cranes will be used for highly efficient container handling. SPRB have already had two used Liebherr Mobile harbour cranes in operation before they decided to opt for two new LHM 420s in order to benefit from the latest Liebherr innovations in the mobile harbour cranes sector.

Liebherr’s data transmission and crane analysing system LiDAT® is installed on both machines. The customer decided to use LiDAT® Teleservice and Turnover Packages as well. These optional features allow for instant support by a Liebherr service engineer and comprehensive analyses of the complete turnover process in order to continuously increase efficiency.

Earlier this year two LHM 550s were delivered to APM Terminals Callao S.A. located in Peru. Just recently, Terminales Portuaria Euroandinos in Paita, Peru, received delivery of two LHM 550s. The new cranes will boost container and bulk handling throughout the port. In total five LHM cranes are operating in Peru, where Liebherr is also the clear market leader.   

Triunfo Operadora Portuária Ltda in Brazil received delivery of one LHM 550 and one LHM 600, Liebherr’s strongest mobile harbour crane model. Both cranes are equipped with everything needed for professional bulk handling. This LHM 600 in four rope configuration is the strongest bulk handling crane of its type in the Americas.

In the first half of 2012 five Liebherr Mobile harbour cranes were delivered to customers throughout Latin America. San Vicente Terminal Internacional in Chile opted for two LHM 600 cranes, the biggest mobile harbour cranes in Chile. Terminal Zarate S.A. in Argentina also opted for Liebherr’s best-selling model, type LHM 550.

Yet another LHM 600 was delivered to APM Terminals – Terminal 4 S.A., based in Argentina, strengthening their LHM fleet to a total of five machines. Montecon S.A., Uruguay, also decided to enhance their port equipment facilities in Montevideo with the mighty LHM 600, also their fifth LHM. In general there is a clear trend in Latin America towards larger mobile harbour cranes, like the LHM 550 or the LHM 600, with outreaches of 54 meters and more.

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