Swedish terminal operator Port of Södertälje has taken delivery of the first Liebherr mobile harbour crane powered by fossil-free HVO100 diesel.
The LHM 420 can lift its maximum capacity of 124 tonnes at a radius of 16 metres, while its maximum radius is 48 metres. It will run on HVO100 diesel which is made by the hydro-treatment of vegetable oils and/or organic fats. This process provides a chemical structure almost identical to regular diesel and is said to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 80 to 90 percent.
The crane will use its engine to move around the terminal however, once in place, all lifting operations will be powered from the port’s main electrical grid, which also comes from renewable sources. Additional features of the crane include Liebherr’s vertical line finder, teach-in and advanced container control systems, which automate a lot of the crane's functions. Given the port’s proximity to Södertälje it has also been supplied with noise insulation.
Chief executive Robert Tingvall, said: “The timing for us to invest in a third mobile harbour crane is perfect. It means that we can offer our customers a more efficient handling and permits continuing growth within the container segment as well as project cargoes. We have a very modern terminal, focusing on efficiency, automation, and digitisation. We are very pleased and happy about this new crane. Up to 30 percent of the electricity we consume comes from our own photovoltaic system, which is on the roof of one of our warehouses. The rest is green electricity from sun, wind, and water.”
A wholly owned subsidiary of Telge, Port of Södertälje is located 35km out from Stockholm, on the Södertälje canal between Lake Mälaren and the Baltic Sea.