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Longview exports first scrap metal

The US Port of Longview’s second Liebherr mobile harbour crane has gone to work exporting scrap metal for the first time in port’s history.
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PNW Metal Recycling is exporting scrap bound for foreign steel markets. One of the port’s two heavy-lift Liebherr MHCs was outfitted with a specially fabricated pan to load the scrap metal from a containment area on the berth into the waiting vessel.

“This is a great opportunity to showcase our new equipment,” said Laurie Nelson-Cooley, Port of Longview’s business development manager. “We’re pleased to add this cargo to our portfolio and look forward to using the crane for additional bulks in the future.”

The recycling companies had spent years identifying potential sites for an export operation before choosing Longview. The port’s convenient location near an available industrial area is what made the arrangement so desirable, according to Hank Doane, director of finance and marketing for PNW Metal Recycling.

Earlier this year, the Port commissioned its second Liebherr crane, which the port authority said has “tremendously expanded” its cargo handling capabilities. The cranes each can lift between 104t and 140t at 100ft outreach. Combined, they are capable of handling over-dimensional tandem lifts.

The combination of two mobile harbour cranes and the adjacent 70 acres of open laydown storage provide excellent opportunity for business, the port authority said. The newest crane has additional attachments, including a 37 cu metre clamshell bucket and a hydraulic 20-40ft container spreader bar.

“This is precisely what was envisioned when we purchased this second crane,” said Geir-Eilif Kalhagen, Port of Longview CEO. “Not only has it increased our efficiency, but it also allows us the flexibility our customers need in meeting demands of the global marketplace.”

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