Liebherr has inaugurated its new TCC 78000 heavy duty gantry crane at the Rostock Overseas Port, northern Germany.
The new crane represents a €45 million investment for Liebherr and will assist with the loading and assembly of maritime cranes, and will also offer other companies the opportunity to handle heavy loads at Rostock Port. The rail mounted heavy duty crane will move on a portal between the northern Liebherr plant site and the adjacent quay edge. It has a maximum capacity of 1,600 tonnes and a height of 164 metres with the jib raised. It is also equipped with two rails per side and a track gauge of 30 metres and is expected perform its first major lift at the end of the year, when it will be used to load the HLC 295000 heavy lift offshore crane - the most powerful crane Liebherr has ever built - onto the special transport ship Orion.
Liebherr Rostock managing director Leopold Berthold said: “Thanks to its unique combination of lifting height and capacity, the TCC 78000 has the best technical potential available to safely and economically assemble and load the next generation of maritime cranes.”
Rostock Port managing director Gernot Tesch added: “With this impressive crane, the Hanseatic City of Rostock has gained another landmark, which at the same time is a symbol for the success story of Liebherr in the overseas port of Rostock. The heavy duty gantry crane improves the opportunities for further company settlements and the acquisition of extremely heavy project cargoes. This potential must be enhanced together.”