Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) has taken delivery of the 1,300th maritime crane produced at Liebherr's Rostock facility since production began in 2005.
The milestone LHM 550 mobile harbour crane can lift its maximum capacity of 154 tonnes to a radius of 18 metres and has a maximum radius of 54 metres. Offering hook heights up to 45 metres above the quay and 15 metres below, it has rope speeds of up to 120 metres per minute.
Ordered with a second unit, both LHM 550s will be shipped 5,500km from Rostock to Ghana on the heavy lift vessel BBC-Russia for the West African Port of Tema. The order will take the number of Liebherr mobile harbour cranes delivered to GPHA up to eight.
GPHA port logistics manager Kwamina Owiah, said: “We have a longstanding partnership with Liebherr and are impressed with both their products and their service. It is not only the individual consulting but also the fast delivery that has promoted an expansion and increase of our business."
Gregor Levold, general manager of shipping and heavy lift handling at Liebherr Rostock, added: "The Rostock international port offers us ideal conditions for shipping the big equipment. We now load 60 to 65 percent of the cranes in fully assembled condition."
Liebherr’s maritime crane division is responsible for the company's ship to shore, mobile harbour and staking cranes as well as straddle carriers, reachstackers and heavy duty offshore cranes. Earlier this year it reported a positive result for 2020, in spite of the adverse conditions caused by Covid-19 - see: Liebherr maritime ends year on high.