Liebherr Maritime Crane recently delivered the biggest mobile harbour crane of the Caribbean to Kingston Wharves Limited in Jamaica. The LHM 600 is equipped with an elongated tower extension and eases the handling of big container vessels up to Super-Post-Panamax size.
In November 2015 Kingston Wharves ordered the first Liebherr mobile harbour crane, type LHM 550 high rise version. The crane is the biggest mobile harbour crane in operation in Jamaica. In order to further increase operation efficiency the company ordered an even bigger Liebherr MHC, type LHM 600 high rise version, for their multi-purpose terminal in the Port of Kingston.
The new machine is equipped with an elongated tower extension that ensures high visibility into deep cargo holds. The 12-metre log extension enables highly efficient container handling with maximum safety due to the higher position of the tower cabin of 37 metres. With a maximum outreach of 58 metres, twin lift capability and a lifting capacity of 104 tonnes, the LHM 600 is capable of servicing vessels up to 19 container rows wide and nine container stacks high.
“This new machine is the next essential future investment in our terminal in order to handle the new generation of vessels that are heading for us in the course of the Panama Canal expansion. Our crane operators will be delighted of the impressive eye-level of more than 37 metres that comes along with the special tower extension. The LHM 600 starting operation in October will maximise our efficiencies, increase our responsiveness and ultimately meet our customer’s demands,” said Grantley Stephenson, the company’s Chief Executive Officer.
Kingston Wharves Limited was founded in 1945 and became the leading multi-purpose terminal of the Caribbean. Located at the Port of Kingston, the company is a regional hub to a number of major shipping lines with connections to more than 20 ports around the world. The company wants to remain competitive in a global market and the Post-Panamax era. With the two new Liebherr mobile harbour cranes LHM 550 and LHM 600 high rise the terminal will even benefit of the Panama Canal expansion.
The new state-of-the-art new sales and service centre located in Miami, opened in 2013. The port of Miami and the Miami International Airport are in close proximity to the new site. This allows Liebherr to respond to customer enquiries within a short time and to accelerate the distribution of parts and services. Liebherr USA has been in business for the past 14 years and is continuously growing. The modern Maritime Training Centre provides a customised training program for crane operators and service engineers. In addition, Liebherr has developed a highly sophisticated training simulator to provide the safest possible training environment.