Port Canaveral in Florida has purchased a second LHM 600 from Liebherr Group to serve the port’s growing cargo operations.

The LHM 600 will be based on the updated generation of Liebherr mobile harbour cranes with digital enhancements, a modernised cabin and improved lifting height.

Port Canaveral bought its first LHM 600, which had an outreach of 58m, in February 2019. The new version will have a lift capability up to 154 tons and a jib length of 61m. Its 20-container reach will accommodate containers stacked nine high on deck – an upgraded handling capability from the first crane.

“We’re pleased to add this major acquisition to our port to better meet the demands of an expanding portfolio of diverse cargo,” said John Murray, CEO, Port Canaveral. “We’re projecting the pace of growth in cargo handling to be very significant over the coming year. This crane will provide greater lift capability that will also meet the needs of the developing commercial space enterprise in our region.”

The LHM 600 that started work in 2019 has been instrumental in heavy-lifting operations. In fiscal year 2020, the current LHM 600 lifted a record number of boosters for space projects.

Driver comfort and safety were carefully considered in the crane update, with the redesign of the LHM operator’s cab including the joystick and armrest, making the control of the crane more precise and safe, according to Liebherr.

There is also a newly integrated touch panel interface to see all crane functions.

Relevant to Florida’s hot and humid climate is a revised air[1]conditioning system for cooling or heating. Liebherr said it also ensures fogged windows are quickly dehumidified, providing a clear view and more safety.