Port of Vancouver USA approves new mobile harbor crane
Port of Vancouver, USA commissioners have approved the purchase of the largest heavy lift mobile harbor crane in North America, the port said Thursday.
The crane is strong enough to lift two space shuttles simultaneously, yet maneuverable enough to turn on a dime in any direction, the port said. It will be capable of hoisting up to 140 metric tons, almost double the lifting capability of the port’s largest crane.
The LHM 500S crane, the newest model from Austrian crane manufacturer Liebherr, was also favored by the port for its capability to lift greater weights on an extended boom, and then rotate up to 360 degrees to position the cargo on the dock. These features improve the efficiency of cargo operations and minimize multiple moves; ultimately, saving port customers time and labor costs.
With 80 wheels on 20 axle sets, the LHM 500S crane can maneuver in any direction, and can be positioned along the port’s marine terminals, cargo storage areas, or rail yards. The crane weighs close to 500 tons, has a tower height of 116.5 feet, and a boom length of 174 feet, and is powered by a 12-cylinder MAN diesel engine.
“Over the past decade, the port has invested nearly $100 million in renovating its marine terminals, and building a reputation for efficiency in transport logistics,” said Larry Paulson, Port of Vancouver executive director. “The addition of this heavy lift crane enables the port to fully utilize these assets in attracting new cargo business which not only funds port operations, but returns jobs and economic benefits to the community.”
Port officials expect delivery of the new crane in late September.