Liebherr supplies third mobile harbour crane to The Port of Toledo

3 September 2021

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Liebherr has supplied a third mobile harbour crane to The Port of Toledo, Ohio, part of Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority (TLCPA), to prepare for future challenges.

Two LHM 280s have been in operation at the port since 2010 and TLCPA is satisfied with the performance of the cranes and reliability of the two machines. To serve its customers more quickly in the bulk-handling sector in the future, a new and much more powerful Liebherr mobile harbour crane of the type LHM 550 has been ordered.

LHM 550 is equipped with a 4.80 metres tower extension and a 54 metres boom for best reach. With a maximum lifting capacity of up to 144 tons, the crane is able to use larger grabs and handle more bulk material in a shorter time. In addition, the significantly higher payload, compared to the two existing machines, opens up the possibility for the customer to handle heavier project cargo in the future.

“The investment in a third mobile harbour crane creates a more efficient cargo handling performance at the Port of Toledo that results in shorter lay times for cargo vessels,” said Thomas Winston, president/CEO, TLCPA. “The new crane means further growth for us, not only in the bulk sector, but also in the project cargo business sector. In addition to increasing performance, the LHM 550 is an eco-efficient crane that has a Tier 4 final emissions standard and a highly efficient hydrostatic drive.”

The machine was transported in a disassembled state from Rostock, Germany to Toledo, USA. The heavy-lift carrier "Imke" of the SAL shipping company transported the crane over 4,000 nautical miles to Toledo, Ohio. At the port of Toledo, the crane was then assembled, tested, and handed over by experienced Liebherr service engineers.

Liebherr-MCCtec Rostock is a European manufacturer of maritime material handling solutions. The product range comprises ship, mobile harbour, and offshore cranes. Reachstackers and components for container cranes are also included in the product portfolio.