The two cargo-handling machines will start commercial operation in September 2016 at the trimodal terminal of Liège Container Terminal SA (LCT) situated on the River Meuse.

The Model 2 crane has a powerful lifting capacity curve and a maximum lifting capacity of 80t, an outreach up to 40m and a maximum hoist speed of 85m/min. The empty container handler with a load capacity of up to 8t offers a stacking height of 1-over-6 standard empty containers.

The crane and empty container handler will be used on the 300m-long quay, on which only a rail-mounted gantry crane with 50t lifting capacity has been working to date. Thanks to higher lifting capacities, even at a greater outreach, the new machine for LCT can also load and unload two adjacent inland water vessels (transshipment).

Nicolas Limbioul, general manager, LCT said: Since we are anticipating as many as 70,000 TEUs on waterways and 45,000 TEUs by rail for 2016, we decided on the handling solution comprising a mobile harbour crane and an empty container handler from TPS. With this new investment we are also in a good position to meet long-term challenges.”

Terex said this was the third order it received within a few months for Model 2 cranes from its small crane family.