Port Gdańsk Eksploatacja in Poland has taken delivery of the 300th Liebherr LHM 550 mobile harbour crane. The crane has 104 tonne maximum capacity and a 48 metre boom, it will primarily be used for bulk handling of coke, coal and scrap metal.
The milestone comes more than 11 years after the first unit was delivered to Kuwait in 2010. It has since become the most popular mobile harbour crane in the Liebherr portfolio. In terms of sales per country, India leads the ranking with 23 units sold, closely followed by Italy and the USA. In the 2021 sales year alone, 26 LHM 550s were sold worldwide.
The LHM 550 can be used for bulk or general cargo handling as well as container handling and even heavy duty lifts of up to 154 tonnes. Statistics show that a large number of owners use their LHM 550s for multiple applications, with more than 200 of the units sold are used for at least two or three applications. Of these, most are used for bulk and container handling.
Today buyers have a wide choice of power options including diesel, electric or hybrid - diesel and electric.
Based, naturally, in Gdansk the port carries out handling activities over an area of more than 89 hectares. The new crane is one of the largest single investments in the company's 30 year history.
Port chairman Radosław Stojek said: "We want to increase the effectiveness, functionality and speed of our services. The quality of our work processes will improve significantly. This will have a positive impact on our handling rate. In addition, our customers can expect faster handling of the commissioned vessels. We greatly appreciate the extraordinary mobility of this machine. We trained our crane operators at an early stage and carried out extensive modernisation measures in the port area in advance so that we could use the machine as quickly and as efficiently as possible."