Shannon Foynes Port Company (SFPC) has taken delivery of a new Liebherr mobile harbour crane, an LHM 420 type, which was delivered fully assembled by sea from Liebherr’s factory in Rostock.
“The addition of this new state-of-the-art crane will help maximise the potential of the deepwater port at Foynes, and contribute to the creation of up to 3,000 jobs along the Shannon Estuary,” stated Liebherr. “The crane was procured by SFPC through a competitive tendering process. The tender documentation paid particular attention to the machine’s quality and technical innovations, along with ongoing after-sales support.”
The new crane will primarily be used for handling bulk products. Liebherr said the LHM 420 benefits from an “industry-leading” grab curve of 75t. This allows larger grabs to be installed, which results in increased turnover per cycle, and, ultimately, reduced fuel consumption.
To prevent dusty cargos from entering the machinery room, the crane is also fitted with a positive air pressure system that pressurises the machinery room with clean air. In addition to bulk products, the new crane will also be handling project cargo, in particular wind turbines.
Due to the port’s close proximity to the town of Foynes, additional sound proofing was installed to reduce noise emissions, to ensure that it could not be heard by nearby residents.
“This piece of equipment is future-proofing the port,” said Pat Keating, CEO of SFPC. “The greater lift capacity and reach it provides us with enables us to bring in new business. That means more ships, bigger ships and processing them with faster turnaround times. So it’s an investment in our customers. And with the LHM 420’s very low emissions and lower noise levels, its environmental footprint is minimised.”
John Carlton, engineering and port services manager for SFPC, explained that the crane has been in the planning for a number of years and added: “The LHM 420 is the biggest crane we have ever had in the port. Its lifting capacity is just over double our existing capacity, at 124t per single lift. It also has a grab curve of 75t, which is 45% larger than what we currently have. Everything about this crane is bigger, better, faster and stronger. It is a very significant piece of equipment for the port.”